Storytime with Karen – Frogs

Galumph, went the little green frog one day
Galumph, went the little green frog …Green Frog

Frogs and toads are very popular in children’s literature. Frog, Froggy, Bro and Dude, Monty, Freddy the Frogcaster, Tiddalick, Hoppy and Flappy are just some of the frog characters that feature in children’s stories. The story of The Frog Prince is one of the most identifiable fairy tales from The Brothers Grimm. The story has been re-imagined generation after generation because of its timeless story of finding true love. Perhaps the most famous frog character of all is Kermit, who began life in Sesame Street and was part of The Muppet Show since its inception. Kermit also features in a number of children’s books.

Books Selected

Picasso the Green Tree Frog

Picasso

I love this story about Picasso, the green tree frog. Picasso can change colour. He can be green like the trees, brown like the mud or blue like the water. But one day, he falls into a jar of jellybeans and turns into a rainbow of colours. What will he do? This story is a great introduction to the concept of camouflage and also shows that life is full of challenges.

Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble

Little Frog likes living with his mummy and daddy, just the three of them. So when his parents tell him that he is going to be a big brother to nine baby tadpoles, he is not impressed. The tadpoles don’t do anything, except take up all of his parents’ time! But when they turn into frogs, Little Frog discovers nine new playmates.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog

Wide-Mouthed Frog

This book is a Storytime favourite. The children always enjoy the pop-up books and this one is no exception. The main character, a talkative wide-mouthed frog, goes about asking each animal he meets what they like to eat. All of the animals have a favourite food, including flies, wriggly worms, slugs, juicy berries and crunchy seeds. But what is the big green alligator’s favourite food? The wide-mouthed frog better watch out!

There are more than forty children’s picture books about frogs in our collection, which you can view here.

A Frog Rhyme

Five Little FroggiesFive Little Froggies

Five little froggies sitting on a well;
One looked up and down he fell;
(Point up, then point down)

Froggies jumped high
(Reach up high)

Froggies jumped low;
(Reach down low)

Four little froggies dancing to and fro.
(Dance four fingers back and forth)

Four little froggies sitting …
(Repeat until there are no froggies left)

Did You Know? It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a very good singing voice and can’t sing in tune! To your child, yours is the best voice in the world. So please join in and sing-along to all the rhymes at our Storytime sessions.

Craft Idea

Make a wide-mouthed frog.
Wide Mouthed Frog

You will need:

  • A large paper plate
  • White card
  • Pink paper
  • Round dot stickers (green, yellow and blue)
  • Glue stick
  • Crayons
  • Scissors

Method:
Colour both sides of the paper plate and then fold in half. Draw or copy some large eyes onto the white card and add a tab so that the eyes can sit on top of the plate. Cut around the eyes and tab, fold and glue the tab onto the top of the plate (tab at back). Cut a 2cm wide strip from the pink paper. Curl it around a pen and then glue it inside the paper plate for the frog’s tongue. Children love to draw a fly at the end of the tongue also. Stick some of the dot stickers onto the plate to give the frog a speckled look.

And Remember: Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!

PS If you have a favourite story or rhyme about frogs, I would love to hear from you.

Green_Tree_Frog


Karen

Author: Karen

I completed my tertiary qualification in Library and Information Studies in 1991 and began my career as a Librarian at the Supreme Court Law Library in 1992. Later that same year, I took a position as a Reference Librarian at the Perth Public Library and have been working in public libraries ever since. I have become very interested in the importance of early literacy and the significant relationship between reading for pleasure and the future success of a child.

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