By: Eve Bunting
Illustrated by: Josee Masse
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: April 2014
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: April 2014
Frog was all excited as he jumped from one foot to the other as he looked out over the rolling hills. "Look! I see a rainbow." It was a very exciting thing to see and all frog's friends gathered around to see the beautiful colors as they sparkled in the sky. Possum looked over at Chameleon and declared that the rainbow had all kinds of colors just like him. Everyone began to count the colors and after they were done Jumping Mouse announced the colors: “Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.” Yes, they were very beautiful, but she also knew all about a magic story. And then Jumping Mouse began, “There is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but no one ever found where the rainbow ends.”
Mmmmm, that was a very interesting story indeed and Frog and friends just might have to search for the end of the rainbow. Squirrel was very interested and immediately raced up into the branches of a tree to look into the distance. He pointed off toward the rainbow, convinced that he saw the end. “The end,” he claimed, “is in that field-that-nobody-owns.” Now that would be the perfect place to look for that mysterious pot of gold! Rabbit wasn’t so sure about that, but Frog was thinking it was behind a cloud. All at once everyone spotted something gold in that field-that-nobody-owns. Had Frog and friends really found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Once again Frog and his friends get together in a couple of very humorous stories young readers will love. Of course that mysterious pot of gold was none other than a field of “golden dandelions,” something infinitely more valuable to everyone. In the second tale in this beginning chapter book, Frog is in a big dilemma when a fisherman disturbs his peace and quiet by fishing in his pond. Newly independent and confident readers can tackle this book alone or with a minimum of assistance with more difficult words such as “Chameleon.” The artwork, combined with the exciting, humorous tales with Frog and his friends, has high appeal that young readers are definitely drawn to.
Grades 1 -2
Quill says: If you have a young reader who loves a little humor and adventure, the Frog and Friends series has just the recipe for fun!