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Frog Went A Courtin'
John Langstaff
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Frog Went A Courtin'

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Illustrates the well-known American folk song about the courtship and marriage of the frog and the mouse.
Published (first published 1955)
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Sep 19, 2014 Manybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in folklore and folksongs
John Langstaff's absolutely delightful folksong adaptation Frog Went a-Courtin' is what I would loudly and with personal conviction declare an in all ways perfect marriage of text and image. The adapted narrative, the song text (which is rollicking, silly and fun, and simply, basically a successful combination of many of the different Frog Went a-Courtin traditions) is supremely and magically complemented and complimented by Feodor Rojankovsky's bright and sweetly descriptive accompanying illust ...more
I appreciate that Langstaff includes a note about the origins of this ballad and includes one possible tune at the end. I love the details of the illustrations, particularly the expressions on the animals' faces. My children and I enjoyed the rhythm of the song, the story line and the illustrations. A very worthy early Caldecott winner.
Jun 22, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
Jul 12, 2008 ABC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Fun to sing version of the famous song.
An illustrated version of the favorite song. A story about the story precedes the text 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 and black 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 lon
Feb 29, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rojankovsky's illustrations of the various animals are very cute and appealing. Full color illustrations alternate with black and white illustrations tinted with green. All of the animals, even the insects have very expressive faces. They also convey a lot of movement and energy. In an opening note, Langstaff indicates that he has cobbled together verses from many different versions of the song that he has collected over the years. This is one of the most fun of the early Caldecott award winners ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Jul 04, 2016 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This is another book that brings back some sort of memory for me so it was shared with me at some point in my youth. This song/story's origins are lost but we do know that it was written down in Scotland well over 400 years ago and it is just as delightful and silly today as it was then. This offering won the Caldecott Medal as "The most distinguished American picture book for children" back in the year of its publication and that is well-deserved.
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.
Chelsea Carey
Nov 10, 2016 Chelsea Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-children
Review: This story is a Caldecott Award winner (1938-1959), and has a really cool background to the story itself, its a story-telling song that was written over 400 years ago in Scotland. It has very colorful illustratrions that provide a clear example of what is going on for every page. And overall a great choice if you want audience participation.

Content Areas: I would definetly use this when beginning to teach students rhythm and dictation in a music classroom. The story follows a specific r
Sandra Welshan
May 24, 2017 Sandra Welshan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how some images were overflowing with color while others were monochromatic. The images were packed with details and were a fun addition to the story.
May 18, 2017 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Gave it three stars for the artwork. I found the story lacking.
Oh, this was fantastic. Having been brought up in India, I'm sorry to say I had no clue about the Frog who went a-courting. But it's great, the frog in question courting shy Miss Mousie. He wants to marry her, but of course, until Uncle Rat says so, she's not going to marry even the president. Uncle Rat seems satisfied with only the wedding breakfast arrangements, but thankfully the actual wedding does consist of a number of other things like the band and the gown. The happy party's broken up by ...more
Bessana Kendig
Frog Went A-Courtin is a Scottish ballad that was brought over to America with immigrants. It tells the tale of the frog who wants to marry miss mousie. At their wedding all these critters and animals show up to celebrate. Then the tom cat breaks everything up. Frog and Mousie move to France.

I give this a three star rating. I did my best to try to hum along with the tune, I'm sure I'm terribly off.

I noticed how every other page spread alternated between dull graphic greys and greens to vibrant r
Lauren Kiser
Mar 01, 2017 Lauren Kiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education-323
I think eh book the frog wants to marry the mouse and she needs the consent from her uncle, he asks who will make everything, then it goes into who is coming to the wedding. There is a song at the back of this book too.
James Son
This book is based on a famous story that has been passed down in Scotland for more than 400 years. It starts off by showing a frog with a sword and pistol by his side. Then he goes on his horse with his black shiny boots. Together, they travel to Mistress Mouse's house. The frog calls to the mouth and asks her to marry him. She says she can't marry anyone without her Uncle Rat's consent. So after telling Uncle Rat how the wedding is going to be, Uncle Rat finally gives his permission and blessi ...more
Feb 15, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storybook, 2017
This is a song that I used to enjoy singing in our elementary school sing alongs during my primary grade school days. I am pleased that I still enjoy the story today (even though I grew up to be a feminist and this song is somewhat not... ;-) ). I enjoy the rhythms and rhymes of the words, and I think a little more so because they are not always perfect. I also enjoy the different animals who come as wedding guests and eat and drink and make marry.

In this particular version of the story I also
Becca Ramsey
This book was absolutely adorable picture book! It is written in the form of poetry and it is a fantasy because animals were talking throughout. It was about a cute little frog that wanted to marry the mouse that lived near him. Without asking the uncle of the mouse, there would be no wedding. Uncle Rat approved and then the wedding was planned to take place at the hollow tree. It goes through and tells how each character that came contributed something to the wedding. From setting up the table ...more
Jeff Fortney
Sep 06, 2014 Jeff Fortney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to pick this book because of the many references I have to the very old song it references. I own versions of this 400 year song by both Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen! And who from my generation doesn't remember the Tom and Jerry cartoon where Jerry's uncle sings this song and continually yanks Tom's whiskers to restring his guitar. This book was published in 1955 and contains great pictures to enhance the lyrics that provide the story's narrative. The pictures alternate between full-col ...more
Brittnee Pettie
Feb 17, 2013 Brittnee Pettie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matthew West
Dec 06, 2014 Matthew West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l-307
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Kayla Strand
The story started with the "story of this story" which was very nice to get some history on where this old tale had come from and I like how the author wrote that this story was usually sung not read. It gives a fun feeling without even reading the book. This story is about a Frog purposing to Miss Mousie and how they will plan the wedding and who is coming. The illustrations are amazing because it switches off between bright and colorful and black and green , showing the two worlds coming toget ...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
Dec 01, 2016 Madison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beginner-readers
This book is a cute story about a frog and a mouse who decide to get married and all the local animals come, help set up, and enjoy the wedding. The literary piece of this book is all rhyming and easier words maybe for a read out loud for kindergarteners. The illustrations are detailed and do a good job at establishing the setting which is especially important because the text doesn’t mention anything about the setting throughout the literary parts. The images are also a helper for depicting act ...more
Kelli Stonebreaker
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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
Alicia Singleton
This book is about a frog that goes out and asks this mouse to marry him. The mouse is hesitant, claiming she needs the permission of her uncle. The wedding happens and the book goes through what different animals and insects bring to the wedding. The illustrations in this book have a pattern to them. It starts with the color scheme of the first two pages being black and green, then the next two pages are bright and full of color and this pattern alternate to the end of the book. Also, the textu ...more
Amanda Nesseth
Frog Went a-Courtin' is also a song, which chronicles Frog and Mouse’s journey through proposal to wedding, that was ultimately ended by the Tom Cat coming in after all the animals and bugs. The illustrations told a story within the written story. The written story was very brief as it had to fit a certain pattern for the song. The pictures, on the other hand, would go into more depth and detail. For example, when talking about how the chick got sick, the illustration showed it laying down while ...more
Jessica Jackson
Sep 12, 2013 Jessica Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Emily Johnson
Feb 07, 2015 Emily Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a frog who wanted to marry a mouse. Readers get to experience him asking permission from the mouse's uncle and then follow the story of everyone getting ready for the wedding and all of the guests arriving. The illustrations in this book seem to be done with colored pencil, the book is older, so it is hard to relate to today's artwork. I thought that the old pictures would take away from the story, but surprisingly they didn't at all. The detail in all of the animals and th ...more
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