Cover image for Smile a lot!
Title:
Smile a lot!
Author:
Carlson, Nancy L.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A frog explains how smiling is a great way to get through life's ups and downs.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 59117.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 36148 Guided reading level: K.
ISBN:
9780876148693
Format :
Book

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In this appealing new offering from bestselling author/illustrator Nancy Carlson, a determined little frog discovers that even when you don't want to, smiling can make any situation better. Illustrations.


Author Notes

Children's author and illustrator, Nancy Carlson was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. Ever since kindergarten she knew that was what she wanted to do. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she majored in printmaking.

Nancy has written and illustrated over 40 titles. Some of her titles include the Louann Pig series, Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come, How to Lose All Your Friends, and It's Not My Fault. They address some of the challenges faced by kids and how to positively deal with them.

In recognition of her works, Nancy has earned several awards including the Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council and the Minnesota Children's Museum Great Friends to Kids Award.

Nancy currently resides in Minnesota.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. Employing a characteristically charming animal cast, Carlson touts the best way to get through life's ups and downs. A young frog experiences some kid-familiar challenges--being new in school, facing the dentist, doing poorly on a test. But despite the problems, he smiles and discovers the benefits of being positive. A smile can attract a new friend, give someone courage, and inspire better work next time. Frog smiles at bedtime, too, because he realizes he has lots to smile about. The prose is simple and peppy (lots of exclamation points), and boldly colored artwork in Carlson's familiar style portrays the animal characters engaged in recognizable home and school situations and activities. Carlson approaches the psych-yourself-into-feeling-and-doing-better concept in a child-friendly way, and it is tough to resist Frog's huge, toothy grin. --Shelle Rosenfeld


Publisher's Weekly Review

A grinning green frog stars in Carlson's (the Harriet and George series) encouraging lesson about the power of positive thinking: "Life has all sorts of ups and downs./ That's why you should always smile a lot!" In Carlson's signature style, a framed panel introduces the pajama-clad amphibian against a busy orange and yellow backdrop; opposite, the titular advice ("Smile a Lot!") and a persuasive argument ("It's much easier than complaining") introduces an example in action. For instance, in the first of a trio of framed panels, he sticks out his tongue when his mother serves him "oatmeal with prunes." His grimace turns into a Cheshire cat-like grin ("Smile a Lot!") as he imagines other culinary options ("Ask if you can help her make chocolate chip pancakes tomorrow./ Then figure out what to do with your oatmeal"). The last panel shows the frog spoon-feeding a younger sibling. The format repeats throughout as the frog faces bullies on the playground, a low score on a spelling test and a grueling soccer practice. In each situation Carlson goes beyond "grin and bear it" to give readers a glimpse of karmic justice: in exchange for his upbeat attitude, the frog is justly rewarded. Ages 3-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A green frog has a mouth full of bright white teeth, which readers see often because he grins so much. He advises children to smile to help them get through life's ups and downs, including making friends, tricking tough guys, getting past a bad spelling test, visiting the dentist, and more. This is somewhat of a touchy message. Smiling and being positive in sticky situations can't hurt, but, realistically, kids need to know that such a strategy may not keep the tough guys away. Although Carlson suggests other behaviors to go along with the upbeat feelings, she does so subtly and some children may not pick up on those actions. That said, this title is best suited to adults and children together so that a discussion can ensue. Most of the bright, full-color illustrations are framed and rest above the text. The exceptions to this pattern are on pages that highlight the boldly printed words, "Smile a Lot!" They show the frog below the phrase, in a more open, outgoing pose, without any frame. Add this to the list of bibliotherapy titles, but recommend it with caution.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.