Written by: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Karen Lee Schmidt
Published by: Silver Whistle Harcourt Inc., Fiction,
For ages: preschool and up
Themes: Toads, Stories in rhyme, Nature, Father and son.
Resources: http://janeyolen.com/for-teachers/ and http://janeyolen.com/teaching-materials/ offer as it says materials for teaching. Another fun activity is just getting up with your child and hopping. A parent or teacher could put strips of colored construction paper down on the floor and have the child jump or hop from strip to strip.
From the Jacket: How does a toad cross the road? How does a toad cross a very wide road? How does a toad cross a very wide road in front of a truck with a heavy load? With a little help….
The first two sentences: “Hop toad. Hop— toad! Hop, hop across that road.” (That was two full-page spreads telling its own story. With full illustrations)
Why I love it: Stories in rhyme necessarily use sparse language and this one is no exception. Each page has only two to four words on it making it a page turner. The illustrations span the whole page in deep color from edge to edge, making the story come to life. As the story germinates a truck with a driver and boy come into the picture who are very concerned that toad doesn’t get caught underneath the wheels. As the story keeps marching or hopping along the father and son begin a whole other story in the illustrations. This is how a true picture book is promoted with both text and art telling their own stories. I loved it for it’s simplicity and because it was by Jane Yolen. (Yes, I have a soft spot for her)
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