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The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale

by Yumi Heo, reteller
Illustrated by Yumi Heo

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1996
32 pages
ISBN: 0-395-68378-5

Ages 3 - 8

"Long ago when tigers still smoked pipes..." a pair of naughty frogs always did the opposite of what their mother told them to do. This pourquoi tale explains why frogs always cry "Gaegul! Gaegul! Gaegul!" whenever it rains and why--in Korea--"children who don't listen to their mother are called hung-gaeguri or green frogs." Heo remembers hearing the story of the green frogs when she was a little girl in Korea. Her humorous illustrations suggest swampy, underwater, under-the-microscope images. They were created with oil paint and pencil and are reproduced in full color-- mostly shades of green. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature (GMK; Feb 10)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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