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The Prog Frince

by C. Drew  Lamm
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Published by Orchard, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-531-30135-4

Ages 6 - 9

Jane doesn't believe in talking frogs. "Unfortunate," says the frog whom she finds in her pocket where a dime–Jane's muffin money–used to be. The dime is now the frog's hat. Jane doesn't believe in fairy tales, either. But the frog has a fondness for one in particular, about a stable girl and young prince whose love is thwarted by a potion that takes away the stable girl's imagination and memory and turns the prince into a frog. "If you think I'm going to kiss an amphibian, a slimy green frog, and forget about my muffin money–" Jane warns the frog as she listens to the story. This spirited fractured fairy tale features fine comic banter between two strong-willed characters, one stubbornly single-minded, the other persistently carefree. There is a twist at the penultimate moment before the tale slides playfully to its expected but wholly satisfying conclusion. Illustrations done in pen-and-ink and watercolor capture an old-fashioned fairy tale setting and mood while capitalizing on the humor of the text and the quirks of the characters' personalities in this pleasingly skewed tale. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature.(MS; Nov 1)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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