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Once there was a bull...frog by Rick Walton
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Oct 27, 08

bookshelves: children-and-ya
Recommended for: kids ages 2-8
Read in October, 2008

This book begins with an illustration of what looks like a bull's behind, complete with a long tail that spirals into a coil at the end. The corresponding text reads: "Once there was a bull..."

Turn the page, and there's an illustration of a green bullfrog with his long flickery tongue, and the text reads: "frog who lost his hop."

So begins the story of the bullfrog's quest to regain his hop and, along the way, the reader is treated to some fun tricks with compound words. With a turn of the page, a cow becomes a cowboy, the sun becomes a sunflower, and a diamond becomes a diamond-backed (OK, so that's not a compound word!) rattlesnake, all with appropriately morphing illustrations.

In addition to being a fun way to cement the concept of compound words, this is just a cute book that much younger kids would enjoy, too. My two-and-a-half-year-old loves it because it's full of animals!

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