Who came first: the frog or the prince?
Hopper is not your ordinary frog; the pond denizens all consider him a bit of an oddball. Then a wise old turtle–cum-storyteller shares the story of a “prince who was turned into a frog.” Maybe that’s why Hopper is so peculiar. Hopper believes that he has all the correct physical attributes for frogginess—but might he actually be a prince? Following the requirements of the tale, he sets off on a quest to find a kissing princess. Alas, the quest is a downer. Not a woodpecker nor a smelly skunk nor a hungry fox fills the bill. Then, happily, Hopper meets a perfectly named dog who saves him from the fox, and immediately they become BFFs, singing, kicking balls and kissing. Hopper is still green, goggle-eyed and webbed, but he now understands the true meaning of nobility—all thanks to his new friend. Urbanovic has crafted an entertaining tale that is a twist on an old favorite. Her splashy blues and greens along with very expressive animal faces heighten the spirit of fun amid the animal antics. Speech bubbles for dialogue and a page design that varies between full-page art and sequential panels add to the entertaining narrative.
Fairy-tale fun for frog fans. (Picture book. 3-6)
My first grade students LOVED hearing this story.
Prince of a Frog is a book that gave me goose bumps! Certainly, not all children's books can do that! It is the story of a frog who is a little bit lost in his own skin. He begins a search for a princess to see if he should really be a PRINCE and not a frog. It is the twist in the plot that gave me goosebumps! My first grade students LOVED hearing this story, so I would say this book is appropriate for PreK - First or Second grade. I have both the kindle and book versions. I will say the real book is a better format for young readers. I was captivated by Jackie Urbanovic's picture of the wise old turtle. He is beautiful. If you read stories out loud to children, this is a book you need on your shelf!