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Ribbiting tales : original stories about frogs
Springer, Nancy.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
117 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An anthology of humorous stories celebrating the slimy frog by such authors as Robert J. Harris, Brian Jacques, and Jane Yolen.
Old Jim Croaker jumps over the moon / Delia Broom and the frog-people of Quicksand Pond / It came from outer little pond / Green plague / Boy and his frog / In the Frog King's court / Polliwog / Ahem
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.9 7 Quiz: 23492.
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Frogs? Yes, frogs. At first glance, frogs are green and, well...slimy. But look again--frogs are full of charisma. They're even full of stories! They just need a little nudge to tell them.Here are eight of today's most fanciful writers, each paying homage to our slimy green friends. With whimsical illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi, Ribbiting Tales is a book for everyone who has ever rooted for the underfrog. Includes original fiction by Bruce Coville, Robert J. Harris, Brian Jacques, Janet Taylor Lisle, David Lubar, Stephen Menick, Nancy Springer, and Jane Yolen.

Author Notes

Nancy Springer was born in Montclair, New Jersey on July 5, 1948. She received a degree in English literature from Gettysburg College in 1970. She has written about 40 books for children, young adults, and adults including the Sea King Trilogy, the Tales of Rowan Hood series, the Book of Isle Trilogy, and the Enola Holmes Mystery series. She has won numerous awards including the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. The cool pun of the title is reflected in the eight mostly tongue-in-cheek and generally very funny stories featuring frogs. Robert J. Harris opens with a fine tall tale about a frog jumping over the moon; Janet Taylor Lisle writes a silly and sentimental story involving fake frog folk and a real and painful loss; and Bruce Coville spins out what might happen if one is descended from one of those frog prince guys. Stephen Menick's "Polliwog" is an intense and rather scary look at the biblical plagues of Egypt from the pharaoh's point of view, and Jane Yolen writes a very witty take on the Pied Piper theme, featuring a band called--Frog, Formerly Known as Prince. All are illustrated with Tony DiTerlizzi's manic line drawings to good effect. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These eight original stories, each by a different author, are intended as an entertaining homage to frogs. Black-and-white line drawings echo the playfulness of the stories, which are all clever and lighthearted except for one. Stephen Menick's "Polliwog" is told in the voice of a Pharaoh of Egypt who desperately wants a son and when magicians give him one, a battle of magic begins with Moses. Longer and more serious than the others, the story seems oddly out of place in the collection and the frog detail is incidental. In contrast, the opening tale by Robert J. Harris, "Old Jim Croaker Jumps over the Moon," is genuine folktale fun about a frog that believes his own bragging. Other authors include Janet Taylor Lisle, Brian Jacques, Jane Yolen, David Lubar, and Bruce Coville. Springer adds the final tale titled "Ahem," which gives the phrase "a frog in the throat" a witty twist. In her foreword she declares her fascination for rooting for the underfrog, and the pond stage is set. Ribbit.-Julie Cummins, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.