One Two Three Jump!
by Penelope Lively
Illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Published by U.S. edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1999
Ages 2 - 5
A young frog, bored with his existence between two rocks in the garden, decides to venture out one day to see what he can see. His new world, however, is fraught with danger, things about which a busybody dragonfly constantly warns him by saying: "One two three JUMP!" Artist Jan Ormerod very cleverly uses the drama of turning the page to heighten the suspense and surprise with each jump, as she reveals the dangers in the form of a child, a cat and a crow, all of whom are engaging in ordinary activities on a summer day. When a final jump lands the frog in a pond, he and the dragonfly agree that he's found exactly the right place for his adventure beyond the garden rocks. Lively's expert pacing in this patterned text, accompanied by Ormerod's bold illustrations, will make this an excellent selection for preschool storytimes. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Readers (KTH; Nov 22) © Cooperative Children's Book Center