The Queen of the Frogsby Davide Cali, Marco Somà (Illustrations)

Expected publication: March 20th 2017 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published 2012)

5 Stars

Synopsis: An enchanting modern fable
The frogs enjoy their life at the pond, filling their days with fly brunches and night music. But one day a little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and is instantly pronounced a queen. She starts doing what queens do: making demands and expecting others to serve her. But when her royal subjects start to question her authority, she must prove she’s fit to rule—if she can.
Reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to start a discussion about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.

My Review: What a great modern fable that can be used as a mentor text as well as to teach a lesson. Life in the  pond was quiet and pleasant. The frogs caught flies, played and sang at night. One day, something round and metallic fell into the pond and the frogs dove down to see what it was. When one of the frogs came up with it, one of the frogs decided it was a crown. This meant the frog who found it was now the “Queen of the frogs”. Everything started to change. Her advisors told her what to do and what not to do, she began bossing the other frogs around and life was not the same. This is a great story to teach and reinforce predicting, reasoning and drawing conclusions. It can also be used to model a modern fable before having children write their own. I would use this with classes in late primary, early junior. This is a great story with amazing illustrations. The detail and expression in the illustrations can tell a story all on their own. A book for every school library for students to read as well as teachers to use. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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