Frog and Fly : Six Slurpy Stories by Jeff Mack

These six stories about a frog and a fly (though not the same fly…the fly has a tendency to get eaten) are quite amusing! In the first story the fly says “hi” to the frog. The frog responds by saying “nice to eet you?” The fly tries to correct him with “No. Nice to meet you.” Then the frog eats the fly and thinks, “No. Nice to eat you!” And thus ends the first story of frog and fly. And yes, each story has the frog “slurping” away trying to eat flies.

These are short stories, with only a few words or more. They are simple words (like frog or fly) and will be easy for early readers to read on their own; however, the way that the stories are pulled together they aren’t just easy to read they are funny! These stories will be read again and again. And when the younger readers find out why their older sibling is laughing, there will be requests to have the book read to them also. I love how the frog (almost) always gets the upper hand over the fly. The way these are put together are just brilliant! Oh wait, I think I already said that…5 stars!

What to do after reading this book:
Sing “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.
Spend ten minutes looking for all the things in the room that have a similar characteristic as the frog. (The chair is green, the frog was green. They are both green. The bowl is round. The frog’s eyes are round. They are both round, etc.)
Draw a picture of a frog.
Catch as many flies (with a fly swatter perhaps?) as you can.
Practice finding words that start with the letter “F”. (Such as frog, fly, furniture, etc.)

What this does for children:
Shows them that things they can read can be fun and exciting.
Teaches that there are different symbols for speaking bubbles and thought bubbles (and sound effects—all of the “slurps” are in pink instead of black text on white).
Shows that various small stories can be put together to make one large story. Also, the small stories are sometimes “numbered” or called “chapters”.
It teaches the way stories are read left to right and top to bottom. The way that the illustrations are put together only make sense in this particular order.

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