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City Dog, Country Frog

by Mo Willems
Illustrated by Jon J Muth

Published by Hyperion, 2010
56 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0300-4

Ages 3-7

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From the time they meet, City Dog and Country Frog are good friends. During the spring and summer, they play Country Frog (jumping and splashing) and City Dog (fetching and barking) games. In fall, Country Dog is tired so they play “remembering games”—games to recall their happy memories from spring and summer. But when winter arrives a lonely City Dog waits for Country Frog, but Country Frog never comes. When spring arrives again, Country Chipmunk appears, a surprising twist that brings Mo Willems’s tender tale about friendship, nature and cycles full circle. Willems skillfully uses simple language and repetition, along with elements of humor, to tell a soothing story that can be interpreted in many ways, making it rich for discussion possibilities with young children. Illustrator Jon J. Muth’s vibrant watercolor artwork, containing expressive, anthropomorphized characters, captures the contrast of changing seasons, and emotions associated with discovery and loss. Honor Book, 2011 Charlotte Zolotow Award (CF) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


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