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The Wide-Mouthed Frog - Keith Faulkner

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Keith Faulkner / Library Binding / Reading Level: Baby-Preschool / 16 Pages / Book is published 1996-03 by Dial Books

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      04.07.2010 14:05
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      A favourite modern folktale condensed into a lovely pop up book.

      Ages 1 -8

      This story is taken from the well known story or joke. It is one of those stories that is usually just passed down verbally, and I'm sure most of you will already know it, but as the art of storytelling declines, I am glad they ahve amde a book of it as well.

      This is a very much shortened version of the original tale. It tells the story of a wide mouthed frog who hops about telling everyone "I'm a wide mouthed frog and I flies" after which he asked whatever animal he meets what they eat. The first page has a huge pop up frog, with an equally huge mouth which opens and closes as you open the pages, and a long tongue with a fly on it. Frog goes on to meet a blue bird with a pop out beak, a brown mouse whose mouth will also open and close as you open pages and finally an alligator with a very large pop out snout.
      I'll leave the last two pages out, just in case you dont know the tale, but it ends with a funny joke, and will not be frightening or upsetting to young children.

      My opinion: I remember torturing people with this tale when I was young, as I had to add in about 20 animals to the story. I always enjoyed it though. I still tell it to my children on car trips, and enjoy reading them the book as well.

      My sons love this. They love moving the pages to make the pop ups move, hopping across the floor shouting "ribbit ribbit" and completely acting the whole story out.

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