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Frog Went a-Courtin'

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,020 ratings  ·  232 reviews
“A favorite old nursery ballad now appears in resplendent new dress. . . . Illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky somehow manages to combine quaintness with sophistication and his doughty frog, the coy mouse . . . and others make charming company.”--The New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 26th 1972 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1955)
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I like when authors write down these oral stories that have been passed down for generations so we can all read them. This is an old Scottish ballad about a frog. It talks about courtin’ but it’s really more about the wedding. The Frog simply walks up to a mouse and asks for her hand and the wedding is on. There is a big celebration.

The best part is they end up on a boat heading to Paris. Now that’s an ending. I loved the soft artwork of this book. All the little insects and animals had such lo
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan Rice
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: performed
...or, rather, sung, a dozen times or so. I'm not tone-deaf and can sing a semblance of a tune.

As of last week, I have four grandchildren. Since January 2016, I've gone from zero to four, thanks to my two children and their spouses. Four under three! 😯 So I get to read all these books. We go to the library and get six or eight at a time. Don't recall doing that when ours were small. I guess we just read the ones we had over and over.

I'm looking forward to sharing with these new people some of th
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Langstaff attributes the tale to a Scottish and English ballad in which a frog proposes to marry a mouse and all the animals come to party. Except the tom cat, who brings the rejoicing to an abrupt end. The art is a little surreal, but then again, so is the story.
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 rated it really liked it
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 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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Frog Went A-Courtin' is based on a famous folk song that nearly everyone has heard. Feodor Rojankovsky's illustrations are impressive by themselves, but they also do justice to the song's old-fashioned tone, illuminating the playful lyrics with notable skill. I'm not surprised these illustrations were deemed worthy of the 1956 Caldecott Medal.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
1956 Caldecott Medal Winner
These older books are hard to rate. They are so different from books that are more recently published.
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Katie Fitzgerald
I owned a paperback version of this book as a kid, and I always liked that it looked like a coloring book the author had colored in with crayons. I didn’t care much about the romance, but loved seeing the different creatures file in for the wedding supper. Reading it now, my favorite pictures are of the raccoon carrying the silver spoon and the chick wearing his bib. (I am kind of freaked out by the chick lying down being forced to drink castor oil after he eats too much.) I like that the animal ...more
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Not really my style of book, animal illustrations are cute, but, I was more than ready for the cat to show up.. lol

I did appreciate the sheet music at the end and the author's note about the history of the story/song at the beginning of the book.

My parents apparently didn't know this one and I never heard it at a storytime as a child, so I don't have any kind of emotional connection to it which may have influenced my sense of apathy. I think my daughter would have also enjoyed the part with the
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I can't say that I love the tale, but apparently it's a piece of Americana that I missed out on as a child. I'll have to try picking out the tune on the piano.
Courtney Seiter
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-2
Frog Went A-Courtin’ by John Langstaff and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky is a Caldecott Award winner. This book is a depiction of a classic, popular folksong. Langstaff added an ending that would please young readers more than the original, catastrophic ending. Instead of a gray cat swallowing the mouse, and white duck swallowing the frog, the frog and the mouse went to France. I think this is a much better way to end the story for children. I think it is a really good fit for young children ...more
Maddison Thomason
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exam-1
Frog Went A-Courtin’ by John Langstaff and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky is a Caldecott Recipient. This book is actually based off of a song that was sung to children in Scotland more than 400 years ago. In this version of the story, the mouse and frog live and travel to France, although an alternative ending is commonly associated with it. The illustrations in this book are very enjoyable, as they depict so many different animals to young readers, but with human-like characteristics. For th ...more
Alexis Beaver
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exam-1
"Frog Went a-Courtin'" was a fun book that uses really good colors and illustrations to tell the story. It won the Caldecott Medal in the year 1956, one year after it was published. Overall, I enjoyed this book mostly because of the rhyme from the text and the great illustrations. Because the author made the words rhyme, it allowed the book to become much more kid friendly, and even allows the words to become a song, which is stated at the beginning of the book that the words are a lot of the ti ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads, love, marriage
The frog in this book is a cowboy that wants to marry a mouse. So, he calls upon her and proposes to her. The Frog shows up at Miss Mouse's home and pulls her into his lap and proposes to her. From the illustrations it’s easy to tell that Mistress Mouse is horrified that Frog would ask her to marry him without her Uncle’s permission. Which is apparently the way that the frog is supposed to do things. The book has a 19th century feel to it. Back in time to when women needed the approval of their ...more
Nicole Grote
In this story, a frog goes to ask a mouse to marry him. You then see the process of them trying to get married. You see the frog asking the mouse’s father for permission. Then you see the couple planning the wedding and people arriving and then the wedding being crashed by a cat. I think the thing that really stands out in this book are the illustrations. They are very well done and intricate, many different colors were used. The pages also alternate from a darker green and black to bright color ...more
Chelsea Carey
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Kaitlin Ramsey
Frog Went A-Courtin’ was retold by John Langstaff (Harcourt) and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky. This book was named the Caldecott Medal Winner of 1956. This story is a folk song that has been told many times and has had the words edited many times by children or adults who could not remember the words. Knowing this, we are able to make the assumption that this is not the original “Frog Went A-Courtin”. The frog in the story wants to marry the pretty little mouse. This book is full of rhymes ...more
Nicole Kennedy
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Frog Went A-Courtin’ is a fun book which can also be sung! This book is about a frog who wants to marry a mouse, but can only do so once he gets the mouse’s uncle rat’s consent. He gets his consent, and then all the different animals help to put the wedding together from the tablecloth to the cake, everyone pitches in. Suddenly, a cat appears looking as in it messes up the whole wedding but instead the mouse and the frog romance ends with them happy and relaxing together in France. I really enjo ...more
Julivete Skelton
At the beginning of the story, I was a bit confused. Although this book is a Caldecott winner, the illustrations did not appeal to me. The illustrations were probably more appealing for the time that the book was published. It is also good to note that is folk story that rhymes so that may have very well been the reason why I was confused. I would more so recommend this book for very young children because of it’s likeness towards a nursery. This book is about a frog that sets on a journey to ma ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is about a frog who set out on his horse to ask Miss Mousie for her hand in marriage. Miss Mousie said that she can’t accept until her uncle gives consent. When her uncle came home she told him she needs his consent to get married to the frog. The Uncle asked various questions about the wedding plans. After a while the uncle gave his consent. I thought this book was very sweet and creative. This is a book that has melodic verses. I think this would be a fun book to use as a read aloud ...more
I grew up having known the ballad of the Frog and the Mouse, also having had "CASSETTE tapes" Yes I WILL unashamedly date myself, of Frog and Mouse, along with other songs/fables for kids....

The story is very simplistic as is the song....though the book expands upon the story itself a bit more...
Frog wants to marry Mouse, and everything that leads up to the wedding...but what happens at the end? You'll have to read and find out.

This book is perfect in terms of rhyming couplets and vocabulary ex
Book Concierge
Based on an old traditional folk song, Ackerman tells the story of a frog who loved a mouse and was intent on marriage. This is a cooperative effort, with everyone bringing something to the celebration. Langstaff researched the tale back some 400 years to the original Scottish song, but relied most heavily on the version sung in various parts of America. The book includes the music notes at the end, so you can plunk it out on the piano (or guitar?) if you’ve never heard it sung.

Feodor Rojankovs
Morgan Colon
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book, "Frog Went-a-Courtin'" by John Langstaff is wonderfully well written fantasy book. The book is actually based on an old Scottish song that used to be sang to children. Langstaff says in the pretext that this is a story that has always been told in song, but he wanted to put it in writing with illustrations. The story follows a frog who requests the hand of a mouse for marriage. The story follows them along on their journey of planning and conducting a wedding only to have it sabotaged ...more
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