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Clara and Senor Frog

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sawed in half? Rabbits pulled from hats? These are tricks, just magic tricks, and Clara knows them all. But on a visit to a rich gringo's house, she spots a picture of a watermelon, done by a famous artist. The painted fly on it looks so real, Clara swears she saw it move. At last, real magic! Soon Clara discovers her own artistic abilities and she paints as if from a drea ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Schwartz & Wade
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Amy Lemley
This is definitely a Spanish multicultural picture book, and I was impressed by the way it handled a young girl's thoughts and perceptions about her mother getting remarried to a famous artist. I was especially intrigued at the part where Clara sees the picture of the watermelon with a fly on it and comments on it that it is magic, but then sees such a different "picture" of the man who is about to marry her mother. It also shows adaptation to new circumstances and is an easy read, but I admit t ...more
Haydee Romero
Clara, is a little girl who sees a magic show every evening her mom is at work. But when she see Señor Frog’s artwork she considers his paintings real magic. Clara does not understand how Señor Frog paints things that he cannot see. The story is a good way to introduce creativity and imagination. As a teacher, I would use this text to inspire students to use their imagination to draw or paint a picture and write about it. The illustrations by Ryan Sanchez can inspire students to create something ...more
Clara knows the magicians tricks, but learns real magic as she gets to know her step father and develops her artistic abilities.
Luminous with colour, character and unusual details, this simple story of step family shuffling reminds us that working to understand another can sometimes help us understand ourselves.

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The illustrations in this book have vibrant colors. I like that this book captures the language of the people and its culture. Clara, the main character started to paint when Senor Frog introduced her to canvas painting. In addition, it also shows how this family was restructured from mom and daughter to having a step dad. I believe, some students can connect to this event.
The challenge in writing a good picture book for children is the ability to effectively focus on one theme and do it well. This book was wonderfully illustrated but it strayed occasionally, juggling multiple themes.
Fun book, made me want to start painting again.
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