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A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?"

Soon the...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 2012)
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Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: RIBBIT! by Rodrigo Folgueira and Poly Bernatene, ill., Knopf, March 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-307-98146-2

"I don't want to fake you out
Take or shake or forsake you out
I ain't lookin' for you to feel like me
See like me or be like me
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you"
-- Bob Dylan (1964)

"But again, all the little pig said was...

'Ribbit!'

"News of the little pig who thought he was a frog spread fast, and all the animals hurried to the pond to see the visitor...
"'This ne...more
Tasha
One morning, the frogs in the pond woke up to discover a very pink visitor among them: a little pink pig. They tried to ask the piglet why he was there, but all he would say was “Ribbit!” The other animals soon heard about the unusual pig and hurried to the pond to see him. All of the animals except the frogs found the entire situation hilarious, but the frogs were getting more and more angry. The animals went in search of the wise old beetle to ask his advice, but when they returned the pig was...more
Brian Rock
“Ribbit!”

A group of frogs hears a familiar sound coming from a very unfamiliar source in their pond. Who is this pink intruder? Does this pig think he’s a frog? Is he mocking us? How dare he imitate us! What does he want, anyway? After much consultation and consternation, the frogs (now with an entourage of onlookers) decide to seek out the wise old beetle for his advice. The beetle helps put things in perspective and helps the frogs to see things from the pig’s point of view. But does the advic...more
Stephanie
In a peaceful pond there lived a group of frogs, until one day they wake up to find they have a most unusual visitor, a little pink frog sitting on a rock in the middle of their pond. The little pink pig opens his mouth only to say “RIBBIT!” What could this little pink pig want? Is he making fun of the frogs? Pretty soon word spreads of this little pink pig and all the nearby animals come to see what all the fuss is about. After a little discussion and a talk with the wise old beetle, the animal...more
Carol
The frogs were surprised by a strange visitor in the middle of their pond. It was a pig, a little pink pig, and he was ribbiting just like a frog. The frogs run off to seek the advice of the wise old beetle. When they return the pig is nowhere to be found. As the animals speculate on his odd speech and his the wise old beetle proposes that maybe the little pink pig just wanted to make friends. They hadn't thought of that so they go in search of the little pink pig to see if they can make friends...more
Amy Musser
One day the quiet of the pond is disturbed by a surprise visitor who announces his arrival with a loud, “Ribbit!” But the visitor isn’t a frog, it’s a pink pig! The frogs are outraged and soon all the other animals hurry to the pond. None of them can figure out what this strange pig is doing, so they consult the wise old beetle who says, “Maybe…he just wanted to make new friends.” And all of the animals are speechless, until they see the pig up in the trees talking with the birds! “Tweet!” The m...more
Dolly
Jan 11, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens, humor
This is a sweet, funny story with adorable illustrations. The theme of friendship and acceptance of diversity is very appropriate for young children and even older kids can appreciate the message. The watercolor illustrations are colorful and oh, so cute. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
Edward Sullivan
Frogs don't understand pig even though he speaks their language. Fun story about differences and making friends.
Beth
May 10, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Beth by: Cya podcast
Shelves: picture, favorites
Such a cute pig and story!
Jo Sorrell
Apr 15, 2013 Jo Sorrell marked it as to-read
Shelves: picture-books
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RIBBIT! by Rodrigo Folgueira and ills by Poly Bernatene (both from Argentina) Pub by Knopf March 2013 Ages 4-8 978-0307981462

Friendship. Acceptance. Looking beyond skin deep. All good messages. Can they apply when we're talking about pigs and frogs? Let's risk it.

So, here we are in the pond with the usual suspects croaking about and being their own unique selves when .... wait a minute... sitting in the middle of the pond on the best rock I might add is a pig... a large pink pig whose...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
About the Book

A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed-"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?"


Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much gues...more
Valerie
Ribbit! Is the story of a family of frogs that live in a pond. One day they find a surprise, a pig! All the pig will say is “Ribbit!” Is the pig confused? Is he making fun of the frogs? Maybe all of the animals that live nearby can figure out what is going on. Trying to figure it out might actually cause some problems with all of the animals. Thankfully the wise old beetle should be able to figure it all out. Then again, figuring out the problem is pretty difficult when you can’t find the frog....more
Marilyn
A happy little pig wants to have a whole load of friends so where does he end up trying to find them? In a frog pond of course. He causes some commotion there when he sits himself on a big old rock and says"Ribbit"loudly. The frogs are stunned that this pig would actually be talking in their language....they are confused...then they get angry. Is he making fun of them? Frogs "Ribbit", pigs don't. The frogs get a whole batch of animals involved trying to figure out why this guy is doing this to t...more
babyhippoface
A family of frogs is surprised one morning to find a fat, pink, pig sitting on a rock in their pond. In response to their questions, the pig will only say, "Ribbit!" Before long, the frustrated frogs are joined by other animals who also question the pig's presence. Receiving no answer but, "Ribbit!", they all go off to ask the wise old beetle what to do. When they return with the beetle, the frog is gone. In his wisdom, the beetle tells them that perhaps the pig only wanted new friends. The anim...more
Shulan Xiao
Ribbit! Is the story of a family of frogs that live in a pond. One day they find a surprise, a pig! All the pig will say is "Ribbit!" Is the pig confused? Is he making fun of the frogs? Maybe all of the animals that live nearby can figure out what is going on. Trying to figure it out might actually cause some problems with all of the animals. Thankfully CK-100 Auto Key Programmer V37.01 SBB the latest generation the wise old beetle should be able to figure it all out. Then again, figuring out th...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Almost a five-star read - I love the idea, I love the style of the artwork, I love that each frog, though clearly bearing a family resemblance, is an individual, and I love the simple grace of the text. But I don't understand, even upon re-reading and upon reading others' reviews, why the pig doesn't communicate its intentions? Does it have Aspergers's?
Cemeread
The neutral backgrounds in this story, which seem to on a cloth like burlap, allow the animals to stand out and take center stage. The stage is the pond where a pig has shown up saying nothing but,"Ribbit". The frogs are confused by this as are the other animals. After some discussion it is decided the wise old beetle should be consulted. When he arrives at the pond the pig is gone. "Maybe, he just wanted to make new friends", says the beetle. Hmm, no one thought of that and they find the pig in...more
Heidi
Sweet book with a bit of a lesson if you wish to take it (on friendship, acceptance, kindness, etc). Would be a fun filler book to read in storytime--preschool, toddler, or movement. Will keep in mind. Might not do as well among the other Beehive nominees, but I could be wrong about that.

2014-2015 Beehive nominee
Sharon Lawler
When the frogs find a pig in their midst, who's only utterance is "Ribbit!" they are indignant. They risk they fury of the wise old beetle by disturbing him, and tromp off to seek his advice. Loved the variety of expressions on the frogs, some furious, some confused, and the conclusion is timeless---maybe the pig just wanted to be friends.
Aleisa
Okay, one of those books I bought for the library because, well just LOOK at it! It's adorably illustrated. And it's not one of those books that wastes great illustrations on a less-than-stellar story. This story is as charming as the pictures.
Pidget Bobidget
A group of frogs wake up to find a pig sitting in their pond, saying "Ribbit". A raccoon, weasel, parrot, a duck, and turtle came to look at the new visitor, and everyone started arguing (except the Pig, who continued to practice his "Ribbit") until they agreed to go find the wise old beetle and explain the problem. The beetle agreed to go back to the pond, but the pig was gone. The beetle said maybe the pig was looking for new friends. The animals felt silly, they didn't think of that! So they...more
Jackie
With delightful and engaging illustrations, Ribbit tells us the story of Pig and the frogs who happen to be perplexed by Pig's actions. Pig shows up one day at their pond, practicing the frog language...."Ribbit!" utters Pig. The frogs can't figure what he wants. It is up to the wise old beetle to guide them.

When the frogs return from their consultation with beetle, Pig is gone! "Maybe he just wanted to be friends", says Beetle. Hmmmm...the frogs never thought of that.

What a great book to teac...more
Lisa
When a pink pig shows up at the pond saying "ribbit!" the other frogs are suspicious and not too friendly. They keep asking "Why would a pink act like a frog?" Finally someone suggestion they go "ask the wise old beetle" and he explains that maybe the frog was just looking to make new friends.

The frogs return to the pond and learn and important lesson.

Usually, we don't like didactic tales, but sometimes the lesson is just too clever and this is one of those times. It is whimsical and yet thought...more
Samantha
When a little pink pig appears in the frogs' pond saying only "Ribbit" all of the animals are confused and upset. When all of their guessing dissolves into fighting they summon the wise old beetle who proposes that maybe the pig was just trying to be friendly.

Artwork is stunning. Ink and paint on textured paper and newsprint feature animals with distinctly different attitudes and physical characteristics.

A great friendship story with unique angles and views. I really responded to the spread in...more
Marcie
I somewhat like this, but think I might like it better after reading it with kids. Hopefully I'll get a chance when I sub in April. I could not write a better review than Richie's, so I won't.
Bonnie Chang
This fun book is a simple read that elementary teachers should read at the beginning of the school year. This story talks about a little pig that causes great confusion because of its unnatural sound to "ribbit" instead of oink. While all the frogs deny any relations to this little pig other animals questions whether or not this little pig is confused with his origin. Turns out that you don't need to look the same or sound the same to want to make friends with people that don't come from the sam...more
Clare Cannon
I wonder if I've ever been taken in so completely by a picture book. At the half-way point I was as perplexed as most of the characters, wondering what on earth a pig was doing sitting on a rock in the middle of a pond saying "ribbit!".

And like the characters when they found out, I melted when I discovered his reason, and I wondered why I hadn't known it from the start. I was ashamed at having approached him with suspicion rather than simple good will.

This change of heart book doesn't just ident...more
Samantha
Cute and a nice message, about being...nice. Just not doing it for me but then again, not many pictures books have been impressing me much.
Jessica
One day, a group of frogs are sitting in their pond, as usual, when they see an unusual sight: a pink pig. When they try to ask him just what he's doing there, all he says is "Ribbit!" The frogs think he's making fun of them and try to get him to go somewhere else. But the pig won't budge, and he won't stray from his refrain of "Ribbit!"

Ribbit! seems like it would be a good preschool storytime book; the kids can chime in when the pig say "Ribbit!"

Ages 2-5
Angie
great story about making friends with those different from yourself. 2014 building block nominee.
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Rodrigo Enrique Folgueira was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Art at “Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón", where he graduated as Painting National Professor and Sculpture National Professor. He works as an illustrator specialized in children's literature. For over than ten years, he has been publishing several books and magazines articles, and he has also been illus...more
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