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The Biggest Frog in Australia

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Once, in the Dreamtime, the biggest frog in Australia woke up thirsty. So thirsty that he drinks up all the water from the oceans, lakes, rivers, billabongs, puddles, and even from the clouds. When he is done, the earth is parched, and the other animals are thirsty.
Wise old Wombat suggests that the animals try to make the biggest frog laugh, so the water will spill out o
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Aladdin (first published April 1st 1996)
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Stephenie Barnes
Apr 28, 2015 Stephenie Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book had a great meaning to teach to children about the environment and preserving water. The dedication page in the story even says, "this ecologically sound book about recycled water..." furthermore showing how this story was meant to make children aware. The story is set in Australia, so it uses animals and plants found in Australia and if children do not know some of the words that are used in the book, there is a glossary in the back. The pictures in the story were very unique because ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This folktale was written after the author studied different versions of this Australian folktale. This version of the folktale is creative and fun because the main character, the frog, possesses many human qualities. For example, the frog has a particular sense of humor and senses when he needs to drink water to survive; however, since this is the biggest frog in Australia, he ends up dinking all of the water from the ocean, the clouds, rivers, etc. After some time, the vegetation is dying and ...more
The biggest frog in Australia drinks all the water on the continent and all the water in the ocean. The other animals decide that they will have to make him laugh so he releases the water. One after another, they tell jokes and perform antics. Finally, the eels literally tie themselves in knots, spell their name (eel) in cursive, and end up creating bouncing coils. The frog laughs, the water is freed, and the animals can quench their thirst.

My students enjoyed the Australian theme and animals.
Renee Brown
Jan 15, 2016 Renee Brown rated it really liked it
For storytelling unit on Australia & Oceania. Dreamtime story. Humor. Frog drinks alll the water and the other animals must trick him to release the water. Note: book has lovely cut-paper collage art.
Ms. DiSerafino
Apr 04, 2016 Ms. DiSerafino marked it as to-read
ST students learned about the animals that live in Australia during Heritage Week.
A funny tale about the biggest frog in Australia drinking up all the water from the ponds, the lakes, rivers, oceans and clouds leaving the animals and plants parched. With no water to be found the animals decide if they can make the frog laugh he'll spit out the water and they will have water to drink.

The artwork in this book is torn paper. It's beautiful and the kookaburra bird is so cool with the different techniques used to get the feathery look.
Robin Rousu
It can be challenging to find good picture books about Australia and this one is one of the better ones that I have read (with bonus points for being a well-sourced folktale). I think that it would be fun to adapt this as a told story for story time or as a puppet show. Recommended.
L11-Mary Utterback
Mar 08, 2010 L11-Mary Utterback rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
This was a great book. I loved the colorful pictures that were done with paper. I thought the story was clever and fun for children. The idea that a frog could drink all of the water in the world was cute and I liked how the only way to get the water back was to make him laugh. This is a quick read and would be great for a read aloud.
Jun 18, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime
I was not initially impressed with this book since I found it in the toddler section. The book is far too complex for toddlers but could be fascinating for older children particularly those with an interest in folklore or Australia.
Aug 28, 2007 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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