Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Petty, Dev (Author)
Boldt, Mike (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 28 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780385378666 (hardcover)
9780375982347 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A fun dialogue between father and son frogs tells a story of self-acceptance through comparison with others. “I can eat garbage,” claims the son. “Everyone says that until they eat garbage. Sorry, you can’t be a Pig,” replies his father. Yet being a cat, rabbit, pig or owl are all preferable, according to the young frog. Readers may wish to suggest the appealing qualities of additional animals or point out the advantages to being a frog.

Cartoon-like illustrations are rendered in gorgeous painted effects. Big frog mouths contort for maximum expression and humour. Enormous spectacles balance on the father frog’s pointy head, his rolling eyes visible through the frames. In one image, father and son sit side by side, munching on sandwiches. Insect parts and wiggly worms poke out from between bread slices. “‘What’s wrong with being a frog anyway?’/‘Too much bug eating.’” Hand-lettered font styles and coloured speech bubbles artfully incorporate the text into the illustrations. In one composition, the young frog’s tongue shoots out, trapping a fly against the word “Fly” is his speech bubble.

In the end, discussion with a wolf (who eats cats, rabbits, pigs and owls) convinces the frog of his blessings. “I guess we can’t fight nature. We are what we are.”

  •  

    Some people want to be like their sister or brother, or like a friend or famous person. Discuss why some people want to be like someone else.

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    Consider this proverb: “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Discuss how this saying is connected to the story.

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    If you could be an animal, which would you be? Make a Pros and Cons list regarding being that animal.

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    On a picture walk, what animals do you come across? What do you know about them? What are their characteristics?

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    If you could be an animal, which would you be? Make a Pros and Cons list regarding being that animal.

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    Do you think the wolf wants to be a different animal? If so, which one and why? Discuss your answers in small groups and as a class.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture