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Frog Went A Courtin'

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,184 ratings  ·  146 reviews
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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Gundula
Jan 25, 2015 Gundula rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in folklore and folksongs
This delightful book is what I would call a perfect marriage of text and image. The narrative (which is rollicking, silly and fun, basically a successful adaptation of many of the different Frog Went a-Courtin song traditions) is perfectly complemented and complimented by the delightful illustrations; I can certainly see why and how this book won the Caldecott Medal.

The author's note is an added bonus (especially since many early adaptations of folksongs, folklore and the like often do not cont
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Jenny
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.
Judy
Jun 22, 2010 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Dolly
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
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Kirei
Fun to sing version of the famous song.
Samantha
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
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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
Matthew West
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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
Jeff Fortney
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
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
Barbara
This is another picture book I remember from my childhood. I can still recollect being intrigued by the intricate details in the richly-hued illustrations and wary of that cat intent on interrupting all the merry-marking. I think I was confused about how in the world a frog and mouse could be married too, but since I was rather gullible, I went along with it. This version of a ballad written down in Scotland and passed down through generations is lively and fun to read, especially since it is ac ...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
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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
Tracey
Picture book (folk songs). This one has a happy ending (nobody gets eaten), Caldecott-winning illustrations, a brief history of the song (interesting and always appreciated) plus sheet music to learn one version of the melody--for another version, try Ruth Crawford Seeger's American Folksongs for Children, which has a much less happy ending.
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
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
Cara Byrne
Bizarre book about woodland creatures who propose marriage, eat to much and move to France. Based on a 400 year old Scottish rhyme, _Frog Went a-Courtin'_ is certainly lively, but not my favorite. The illustrations are sweet one their own, but all together, too much. I can imagine certain pages being beautiful if framed by themselves, but overall, the style was overwhelming in its lines and distinct color scheme.
Felicia Fisher
I chose this as my second caldecott winner. As i said before in my other review, my library had very limited caldecott winner books, so I chose what they had.

This book is about a frog and a mouse who get married and about their wedding.

Text to self: This book appealed to me especially because I am of the age to be married, so I connected to it that way.

Renee
It’s obvious why this book won the Caldecott Medal. The fun images bring the song to life. I loved the full color pages. The green and black ones are interesting to look at as well. The illustrations really make this book exciting, silly, and enjoyable. Children will definitely be drawn to the entertaining things that are happening in each page of this book.
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
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Andrea
1955 Caldecott Medal

What I love most about this book was the fun story line and all of the animals. That was stations are perhaps a bit outdated, but cute nonetheless. The book is based on a 400 year old story song from Scotland. The last page of the book has the music notes. As with most children's books, this one is most fun when read aloud.
Lauren Blount
This is an adorable story that can be read or sung to children! I thought the story was interesting yet simple enough that children could learn the words and want to sing the song again and again. The illustrations are very unique and the colors go back and forth between green & black and full color which I found a little odd.
Jennifer
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 Johnson
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
Michael DiPaolo
What a great book for kids. It's based off of a song, which has its lyrics and music on the final page. It includes all types of animals, introducing one per page with a rhyme. It's a fun story, simple illustrations, and I think that kids would love it, especially if you sing the song at the end.
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!
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