Frog Went a-Courtin'
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Frog Went a-Courtin'

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,001 ratings  ·  123 reviews
“A favorite old nursery ballad now appears in resplendent new dress. . . . Illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky somehow manages to combine quaintness with sophistication and his doughty frog, the coy mouse . . . and others make charming company.”--The New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 26th 1972 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1955)
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Jun 22, 2010 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults who read to kids, also to kids

In honor of the birth of my grandniece early this morning, I will give you a picture book review today. The Caldecott winner for 1956 was illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky with some pages in green and black, others in full color. The style is pen and crayons. Something about the eyes of all the animals and insects give them a human look, similar to the Mickey Mouse of the time.

Frog goes a courtin' and marries Mouse. The text is an old Scottish tune which Langstaff wrote up by combining differe...more
Adam Donald
This book opens with Mr. Frog going into town of his horse with the goal of finding a wife. His intended bride in a mouse; however, the mouse would not marry him without her uncle’s permission. Uncle Rat came home later that day and gave Mr. Frog his blessing after Frog gave him a big romantic speech. The final part of the story is all about the wedding festivities and all the arrangements Frog and Mouse had to make. Every animal was drawn with human traits, the frog carried a pistol and sword a...more
Sam Cooper
this is the story of a frog who goes out to town on his horse with a sword and pistol by his side, looking

for his bride. His bride was a mouse. However the mouse would not marry him without her uncle’s

permission. Later that day, uncle rat came home and gave Mr. Frog his blessing. The rest of the book

depicts the frog’s and the mouse’s wedding attended by several other animals. The illustrations were

fantastic. Every animal was drawn with human characteristics, for example the frog carried his s...more
Sarah Benson
This was originally a well known folk song put into book form in 1955. The illustrations are fun and reminiscent of the era in which they were created.
Brittnee Pettie
Comments: What can one say for every picturebook that simply captivates the mind and elates the heart? “Frog Went A-Courtin’” is yet another of these classic stories with sophisticated illustrations and an even less sophisticated storyline that go well together. The story itself isn’t actually even a story, but a song that has been passed down for centuries over in Scotland, and now, America. Similar to that of a nursery rhyme which followed you right out of the cradle and into adulthood, this s...more
Mike Smith
This is a fun re-imagination of the world of the little things that run around your feet and make you go "eek!" or "eww!" or "oooh!" or "yum!" This is just a fun story of interspecies marriage that calls to mind the stories of Beatrix Potter. The author credits a Scottish folksong with many regional versions, but we can be sure both Potter and Langstaff draw on a shared treasury of ancestral fables. I couldn't help but love the bright colors used in the illustrations of the animals in all their...more
Karina Arroyo
Overall, i thought this book was okay. In a way it seemed like a song that could be sung in the classroom with the children of grades first and second. I enjoyed the pictures and thought they went well with the story as they really brought it to life. The book is kind of like a fairytale in where the frog is the prince charming trying to marry the mistress mouse. He then has to ask for permission which he is given. The story then goes on to talk about the things that need to be done and the thin...more
Jessica Jackson
Spoilers: Frog Went A-Courtin’, written by John Langstaff and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, is a charming picture book about the wedding of a frog and a mouse. The book is based on an old folk song that has been passed down and edited by many generations. The illustrations have a classic look with vibrant colors. The illustrations show obvious pencil-like grain. The words and pictures directly work together in telling the story. In one page, the illustration reveals an action, which the wor...more
By 1956 standards this is an exceptional book. The colored pencil pictures are great. But for 2014 standards, there is still a lot of merit but not sure it would win.

The story is the old classic tune that most of us at least know the first line. The pictures are very detailed (even though they have very little color)

Over all I liked this book...and now I will get the song in your head "Frog went a courtin he did ride ah hum"
Marissa Kohlrenken
Classic story, vibrant illustrations!
This story is based on a story/song that was brought to the United States from Scotland. It is believed to be at least 400 years old. It is quite a catchy little song about a frog who wants to marry a mouse and the preparations for their wedding. I was really impressed with the illustrations based on the age of this book. It is from 1955, but the story and pictures are timeless. I can tell why this song has been around for so long! I am embarrassed to say tha...more
This is a cute story adapted from the Scottish song about Frog who goes a-courtin' and ends up marrying Mouse. The illustrations alternate from black and green images to full color pen and crayon drawings that perfectly capture the liveliness and beauty of the story. I would recommend it to children of all ages.
Emily Bradley
I read this one to the little girl I nanny for and she loved it!!!! She loved that at the end the big cat face caught all of the wonder of the small creatures below! She was intrigued the whole time and really enjoyed the illustrations as well as the short song at the end! Overall, this was a great book!
As they say in the introduction to this book, the story/ballad of "The Frog and the Mouse" was brought from Great Britain to America. I remember hearing it as a kid and could sing along to some of it, but I had never heard the full version. The basic story is that a playboy frog goes to marry a country mouse, but needs the permission of her Uncle Rat first. He consents and everyone is invited, included a tom cat who breaks up the party and chases everyone away. I love the detailed folksy images...more
Kaia Jo
The illustrations of this story were great. It was really neat how the colors changed from green and black to color on every other page, it kept things interesting. I had never heard the story of Frog going courtin' before even though at the beginning it says that it is a traditional song. I love it when songs and stories are passed down from generation by word of mouth and it is cool to think that this is such an old tale, over 400 years, and that it has been brought all the way over from Scotl...more
I really liked this, and I think I may have read it as a child...the pictures look awfully familiar to me. It had a nice rhythm, the illustrations were unique and beautiful, and the story itself was fun!
Rachel Pederson
The illustrations of this book look to be drawn by colored pencils of some sort. The colors are bright on some pages, whereas the illustrator just uses black and green on other pages. As I read the story, I noticed a pattern. The illustrations start out using only green and black colors, but switch to a very bright and expressive color scheme on the following page. Then the illustrator switches back to the original color scheme, and so on. Why does the illustrator do this? I would assume this is...more
Natalie Eggers
I loved this book. It is so creative and the illustrations were creative also. I would love to use this book in a second grade class and have the students write their own little poem.
현순 최
Frog went a courting to mouse. He asks mouse to marry with him,but she can't marry with frog without her uncle rat's consent. After permitting her uncle, they start to prepare for the wedding ceremony. A few animals arrive the wedding place to help them. when the wedding ceremony is almost finished, a cat appears on that place to interrupt them. Every animals run away all over the place. The frog and the mouse are in France. They lived happy life forever. This book pictures are very detail view...more
Mar 24, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
An old song that has been passed down through the generations, changing it as each generation adopted it as its own along the way. It's a fun little tale, although I don't think I ever got the tune quite right (the melody is printed in the back, but I don't read music well at all.) Our girls enjoyed the story and laughed at the illustrations. We also enjoyed watching the pages animated to the song as sung by Rus Young and Jack Sundrud on a Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD. They did a much bett...more
Hayley Hancock
This is a Caldecott winner from 1956 that uses colorful images and tells the story of the wedding between a frog and a mouse. The book is also a song for when the Frog went a courtin' to see his lovely bride. This book would be a great book for children in the classroom because they would enjoy the pictures and singing along with the pages. The illustrations are very detailed and are intriguing to look at. Frog Went a Courtin' would be a good book to use when teaching about animals/insects/amphi...more
Mary Westlake
I was charmed by the title of this book and when I brought it home I was surprised to hear my roommate gasp and ask where I found this book. Apparently the words in this song were turned into a popular children's song that she used to sing as a little girl. The words are certainly lyrical and I can see how they could become a popular song to children. I wasn't particularly fond of the drawings because there was an element of darkness to them that I didn't really think fit with the story. But the...more
Meghan Hunt
This book is definitely old-fashioned, but that is a big part of its charm. I love the illustrations and the quaint rhyme.

Frog is looking for a wife, a lovely mouse down the lane. Their love affair is told in this traditional song.

I guess I just didn't know how much there was to this story! I thought the pictures were fun and appreciated the background information on the tale. I used my traditional review board (my kids) and they didn't seem to appreciate the story too much. I even sang the story to them, but their attention was minimal for a frog who loved a mouse. When they were bored, I lost...more
There is definitely an older-time feel to the children’s book Frog Went A-Courtin. The first thing I noticed was that some pages contained much more color than others, and some were much more complex than others. Feodor Rojankovsky’s illustrating style is pretty unique, but I also found it very engaging and relative to the story. I liked how the color schemes weren’t always consistent, and I feel that this will keep children guessing about what will be shown on the next page. Even though the pic...more
This book is the product of an old Scottish ballad that evolved over the years as it passed from generation to generation. It is the tale of Frog, who asked Miss Mousie to marry him. They must get the permission of Uncle Rat, and plan the wedding. At the end, the cat disrupts everything, but Miss Mousie and Frog are still able to honeymoon in France. The music to the ballad is provided in the back of the book, and there are illustrations on every page. Alternating two-page spreads are green/blac...more
Frog Went-a-Courtin' by John Langstaff is a fun, rhythmic read for children! Based off of a folk song, the story is easy-to-read and the story is imaginative and entertaining. The illustrations that accompany the story are just as imaginative and creative and are full of beautiful color and detail. This story brings to life the world of nature and animals to which we don't pay much attention. This would be a fun book to do a read-aloud to and have around in the classroom! I would highly recommen...more
Jamie Tedesco
I loved the alternating if the color then grey and green illustrations. It was a cute story of a front 'courtin' a mouse. There was a celebration until a cat destroyed the fun.
Valentine's could be about Romance & "Courting".

This story is a silly song that has been illustrated. Time will probably not permit using all the verses but one or two would be fun to do. A simple music score appears on the last page.
Froggie went a - courtin and he did ride, a - huh.
D A7
Froggie went a - courtin and he did ride, a - huh.
Froggie went a - courtin and he did ride,
G D A7 D
Sword and pistol by his side, a -huh, a - huh, fare the well.

OR just display the book, along with other li...more
An illustarted version of the favorite song. A story of the story precedes the story and gives some background information on the origination of the tale and the version this book follows (southern Appalachia). Illustrations flip back and forth between full color andblack and white with highlights of green. The picture of the chick who eats so much he gets sick may scare really young children as the bird is laying on his back and being force fed green castor oil through a funnel. Also the long s...more
The pictures in this book were very organic and free flowing. There was a lot of green throughout the pages and some pages just consisting of green. You could kind of tell that there is a wedding being prepared within the pictures but that is only if you read the title first. The medium that was used looks like a crayon that was turned side ways and swiped across the page. The illustrations were very detailed and had a lot going on but that made each page interesting to look at. Overall, you cou...more
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