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Preview — Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis
They gazed into each other's tiny eyes...and fell in love.
"I love everything about you," said the caterpillar.
"Promise you'll never change." And foolishly the tadpole promised...
But we all know that tadpoles don't stay the same, and neither do caterpillars.
Will they still be able to love each other?
A rainbow and a pearl fell in love. The rainbow requested her beloved pearl, to promise to never change. Unfortunately Pearl was destined to break his promise, as he was a tadpole and his love Rainbow, a caterpillar.
Obviously not a fan of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 (“...Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds...” ) Rainbow becomes increasingly distressed and peeved at the physical changes she observes in her beau each time they meet. Pear ...more
I enjoyed this book and think it would be great ...more
It is a story of a tadpole who falls in love with a caterpillar, they make a prommise to eachother that they will never change. Not long after making that promise, the tadpole begins to alter in appearance as he turns into a frog. The caterpillar becomes very di ...more
They both take a vowel to never change. But as time goes by nature takes its course and the tadpole matures into a ribbeting frog!
At the same time the butterfly matures too!
One day the frog is sitting on his lily pad and sees a scrumptious butterfly and he quickly gobbles it up....
The next day he sits and waits for his love.
what has he done?
Read the book to find out!
I absolutely enjoyed this book. Its got humo ...more
The book is very simple. The format is great, the pictures are fun, but the story is the real selling point. The story progresses between a tadpole and caterpillar that have fallen in love. But as the tadpole begins to change, the butterfly doubts that he is seriously in love. The end of the book is hilarious and totally caught me off guard.
I have read this to my fifth grader ...more
This is a story about a black shiny Tadpole and a Caterpillar who meets and fall in love with each other. They love their looks and the caterpillar ask the tadpole to make a promise to her that he will never change which he foolishly accept. As the day flies by, Tadpole is unable to keep to his promise as a result of the changes so this leads to the pair breaking up. Looking more like a frog now, he sits and wonders where her beautiful friend is. The butterfly approaches to ask ...more
The ending was meanly SHOCKING to absolutely everyone.. Soooo unexpected !
I loved the drawings, they're very simple and and colors are beautifully childish !
In my opinion, this book gives children the great chance to ask questions of themselves, adults and the world around them. It will appeal to younger children in Years 2 ...more
The strange romance between a caterpill ...more
However, again just as the weather changes the caterpillar finds herself to have transformed into a butterfly. She eventually acc ...more
There is a tadpole and a caterpillar and they fall in love. The caterpillar tells the tadpole he must never change though. The next time they see each other the tadpole has grown legs. The caterpillar gets upset and tells him he must promise her again that he will never change. The next time they ...more
I am pairing Tadpole’s Promise with Yummy. This picture book sums up the lost opportunity and importance of choice I found in Yummy. The two characters, Tadpole and Yummy, are looking for happiness outside of themselves, leading to tragedy.
I would recommend this book as a companion piece for studying missed opportunity and character choices. I also think middle school readers would appreciate the irony of this predator/prey relationship.
This BCCB Blue Ribbon Pi ...more
The book could be effectively used to making links to both science (life cycles, habitats, seasons..) and PHSE (promises, friendship, love, forgiveness...) at both KS1 and KS2. With a short punchy story, teachers could easily use this story as a hook to engage children before learning is extended.