Picture Book Review: THE FROG PRINCESS?

“Once upon a time, there was a frog. This frog did not live with the  other frogs, because they wouldn’t let it. They said the frog told lies and was ugly.”

The Frog Princess? is one of my all-time favorite books. Good luck getting your hands on it, though. It’s scarce and out of print. In the story, an ugly frog meets several fairy tale animals. When the animals talk about their stories, the frog’s reply is always the same: “Reddit.”

Eventually, a prince comes along, and he thinks the frog is cute. So he kisses it. Umm, eww. Bet you can’t guess what happens next. The frog transforms into a beautiful… princess? Not quite. Try someone a little more well-read, yet still stunningly beautiful.

Kids will have great fun listening to the story and joining in whenever the frog says “Reddit.” I have a frog puppet I like to use when telling the story. When the frog opens his mouth, the kids know it’s time to say “Reddit.” As for a great activity, let the kids make their own paper bag frog puppets.

Themes: Reading, Kindness

Title: The Frog Princess?
Author: Pamela Mann
Illustrator: Jill Newton
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub (August 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0836813529
ISBN-13: 978-0836813524

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

15 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: THE FROG PRINCESS?”

    1. Like I always tell my son, “Sorry, you’ll have to read it to find out.” I hope you’re able to get a copy. It really is a wonderful story with great illustrations as well.

  1. Hi there Nessa! Like what Vivian just shared earlier, I also love books that are ‘nearly’ out of print – and twists in the retellings of well-loved tales. I just thought of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s The Frog Prince Continued – have you heard of that one yet? It’s cute too! I just checked my institution’s library, we don’t have a copy of this one, but we do have another Frog Princess by Jan Ormerod (one of my favorite Australian authors), I should probably check that one out as well. 🙂

    1. I think I remember hearing something about The Frog Prince Continued a while ago, but I never read it. I’ll have to put it on my ever growing list.

  2. Hi Nessa,
    Yes, I will take up the challenge as well…love those classic books that are out of print!
    You’ve made it a mystery…now I have to get it to find out what happens. 🙂 Sounds like a fun read…and one that kids would love.

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