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review 2017-03-17 18:25
Does lion rhyme with iron?
Frog on a Log? - Jim Field,Kes Gray

This is my favorite picture book of 2017 and that's saying quite a lot. I liked it so much in fact that I bought a copy for myself and a copy for my mom (if you know mom then you know why I did this). It's a hilarious, rhyming story about a frog who thinks that the rule that all frogs sit on logs (told to him by a wiseacre cat) is unfair because logs are uncomfortable. What follows is the cat informing the frog about the rules of where certain animals are allowed to sit. (Look out for the fleas and make sure you ask the little people you're reading with to find them for you.) If you're using this in a storytime, I encourage you to read with panache and infuse the cat with lots of exasperated attitude. It's a fantastically fun experience when you get your audience invested enough to be shocked by the ending (which is hysterical by the way). The illustrations are absolutely adorable (I'm going to be looking for more works by Jim Field I think) and create another layer of playfulness which I appreciated. I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone (but especially those who work or live with small children). 10/10

 

Note: It seems that in the UK where this was originally published it was titled Oi Frog! which puzzles me mightily. Also, there's a sequel which is out and which I must get my hands on titled Oi Dog! (I don't get why they would change the name here in the US).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-11-10 17:02
The Lion Inside - Rachel Bright,Jim Field

This book could be used from K-5th grade. This book is about overcoming your fear. The mouse was afraid of the lion and the lion was afraid of the mouse. But with strength the mouse went towards the lion and they finally could talk to one another. This book could explain about getting over your fears and being brave. The book could also be about strengths and weakness. An activity for 3rd -5th grade students would be to read the book and ask some follow up questions like: The mouse is so tiny that nobody ever notices him. How do you think this makes him feel? And for this question The mouse overcomes his fears and goes to the lion for help. Can you think of a time when you have overcome your fears? How did you feel? What was the outcome? What advice would you give to others? Have them write a paragraph or two explaining their thoughts and feelings. For the younger grades we could create some animal puppets to retell the story.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-02 14:48
The Lion Inside
The Lion Inside - Rachel Bright,Jim Field

This book is wonderful for new kindergartners who may be scared during their first days of school.  In this story, a little tiny mouse tries to find the courage to face a huge lion!  The lion ends up being just as scared of the tiny mouse as the mouse is of him.  It teaches that no matter how small you are, you can have a lion inside!

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review 2016-03-14 20:40
Reviewing short and long vowels
Oi Frog - Kes Gray,Jim Field

This book is super cute and what makes it even more fun is that is helps children review the short and long vowels. It has a mixture of each so I would use this to do a review and make sure everyone understands the difference between short and long vowels. Great way to teach some phonics!

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