Monday, August 31, 2015
I Don't Want To Be a Frog by Dev Petty
While reading a book on cats, Frog decides that being a cat sounds rather nice. They are warm and fluffy rather than cold and slimy. But Frog's father points out that he is not cut out to be a cat, so he contemplates what it would be like to be a rabbit, a pig, or a wise owl, anything but a slimy frog. Through the course of a conversation, father patiently explains why each one of Frog's ideas is not possible, while reminding him that there is nothing wrong with being a frog. It's not until wolf arrives on the scene with an appetite for anything but slimy frogs that Frog is finally convinced that perhaps being a frog is not so bad after all.
With it's witty text and bright, lively illustrations, I Don't Want To Be a Frog is a perfect re-aloud. Petty's debut picture book brings home an important message about self acceptance for children in a fun and amusing manner. As much of the bold text is written in large speech bubbles, modeling a conversation, this book is the perfect pick for parents or storytime providers looking to reinforce print awareness, an important early literacy skill.
For other comical children's books be sure to check out I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and Mo Willem's Pigeon series. For other children books celebrating self acceptance, check out Wild About Us by Karen Beaumont.