One day a little girl, Little Miss, plants a kiss. She does everything she needs to do, giving it water, love and sunshine. But this kiss doesn't sproOne day a little girl, Little Miss, plants a kiss. She does everything she needs to do, giving it water, love and sunshine. But this kiss doesn't sprout right away. She waits and waits, sleeping by it through the night. Then, suddenly, it finally sprouts!
I think this has to be one of the cutest, sweetest, touching, loving children's books I have ever read. The vast, important, and even heavy message is conveyed in simple words; the illustrations blow me away with every turn of the page. I honestly get a bit chocked up every time I read this - and I read it a lot.
The author and illustrator pairing has to be one of my favorites. I love Peter H. Reynolds' illustrations from his previous works in The North Star and Ish. There is something simple about them them, making them beyond gorgeous! There are only a small handful of illustrators that make my favorites, and Reynolds is by far one of them. Plus who doesn't love glittery sparks that you literally come off the page. Even if you don't have children I highly recommend that you buy this book!...more
Froggy wakes up very excited to go to Camp Run-A-Muck, so much so he jumps on his bed and bumps his head. On the drive to Camp Froggy realizes he forgFroggy wakes up very excited to go to Camp Run-A-Muck, so much so he jumps on his bed and bumps his head. On the drive to Camp Froggy realizes he forgot his sleeping bag and then his swimsuit, each time his dad turning the car around to go back home. When he finally gets to Camp Run-A-Muck, Froggy remembers he doesn't know anyone, all of his excitement gone. On the first morning, Froggy is in charge of serving breakfast, only to accidentally drop eggs on the director (who is also his school principle). And even though he passed his swimming test, he shot the director with a bow during archery! On the second day he forgot to wear his swim trunks (wearing his underwear instead) and splashed the director. But in the end, now matter how many accidents Froggy had, his director and bunk mates all had fun, ending the trip around a camp fire.
When kids arrive at camp for the first time, not knowing anyone or what to expect, many are nervous. These emotions tend to come out through accidents. Froggy is no exception to this. One of the great things about camp is that it is okay, and even expected, to mess up and make mistakes. Jonathan London shows these qualities of camp beautifully. No matter how many times Froggy messed up, shot or splashed his director, he was welcomed at the camp.
Another fun aspect of this book are the sounds created by Jonathon London - "zap! zip! zoop! zup! zut! zut! zut!". You can't help but yell these out loud while reading them (and I am an adult, so just imagine how fun these would be for children!). Froggy Goes To Camp is a fun, enjoyable and exciting book for children to read in preparation about camp. It helps calm fears and worries that almost every child has. ...more