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The Queen of the Frogs

by Davide Calì, Marco Somà (Illustrator)

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The Queen of the Frogs by Davide Cali (Author), Marco Soma, the illustrator. I include Soma because I am partial to well illustrated children's books and this is one of them. He has done a great job. The story is a wonderful one but one that I suspect is lost on children because it is a political story. Frogdom is a democracy but they soon name a queen who as monarch is demanding and offensive to the local frogs. They realize their mistake and take her crown away to once again find democracy. I am sure children just seen a cute frog story. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Aug 20, 2017 |
Everything changed for one frog the night that a strange object fell into the water. The frog who finds it is declared the queen by the other frogs. As the queen becomes more and more demanding, the other frogs begin to wish they didn't have a queen.

The visually appealing illustrations seem like a cross between steampunk and the jazz era. Readers will find new details to delight them on repeat readings. As enchanting as the illustrations are, they don't always correlate well with the text. For example, the first page of text talks about the frogs doing froggy things like “hopping and catching flies, napping and playing with dragonflies”. The illustration has about a half dozen frogs sitting at tables reading, drinking beverages and conversing. Only one frog is catching a fly. No frogs are hopping, napping, or playing with dragonflies. (Although it looks like the reading frog's eyes are closed, so maybe he's supposed to be napping.) Oh, and someone should warn Fred Savage that this is a kissing book... ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 26, 2017 |
To me a children's book should be rich with illustrations that tell the story visually interpreting the text from the author. In The Queen of the Frogs the muted browns, greens, and reds and the charm of the frog drawings themselves, are true to the story with true merit of their own.

Looking at the story from the point of view of a child: It is a story of a group of frogs and an imaginary life that one can perceive exists in the pond. The illustrations bring hilarity and life to the simple story of finding an object that promotes the finder to queen status. Then of course they have to figure out just what it is that a queen does. Eventually, the queen's crown is lost again in the depths of the pond so the frog-queen is no longer regarded as special and therefore queen. So life in the pond returns to its previous state of blissful frog happiness.

Looking at the story from an adult viewpoint (and wondering if this deeper meaning is meant to be conveyed to the child reader/listener): The frogs living a simple life create a one in which a single individual dominates the populace simply because of a status symbol. Made up rules grant elevated rank to the holder of the crown and servitude to the remaining frogs. Then, when the status symbol is lost, the servant-frogs demote the crown wearer to their own level. Life returns to its once blissful state.

The ending is interesting as humans are inserted into the tale and their ownership of the "crown" is shared as one of happiness.

I prefer to read the story simply on the level that a child might enjoy it without the heavy thoughts of political gain and loss. I love the illustrations and their colors so reflective of life around a pond. I love, too, the charm and liveliness of the frogs as they go about their wonderful life in the pond with a touch of whimsical charm.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. ( )
  VeraGodley | Apr 25, 2017 |
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A winner of a book that makes kids think. Do the clothes we wear make you a better person? Does a crown alone make you a good ruler? Very smart premise that may go over some kids' heads, but give it a try. Your kids may surprise you. ( )
  antmusic | Mar 31, 2017 |
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This is a handsomely decorated book. The drawings drew in my children who all wanted to read it right away. The story has a good moral, as is assumed in fables. The theme of not taking advantage of others, not letting material things become all-consuming and pride are clearly communicated to even little people in this story. The beautiful illustrations captivate little listeners to carry them through the sweet story.
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Somà, MarcoIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gouveia, LilianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802854818, Hardcover)

An enchanting modern fable

The frogs enjoy their life at the pond, filling their days with fly brunches and night music. But one day a little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and is instantly pronounced a queen. She starts doing what queens do: making demands and expecting others to serve her. But when her royal subjects start to question her authority, she must prove she's fit to rule—if she can.

Reminiscent of Aesop's fables, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to start a discussion about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:49:19 -0500)

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