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Frog in winter by Max Velthuijs
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Frog in winter

by Max Velthuijs

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In this touching story, Frog's friends fail to see how he is suffering in the cold winter until it's almost too late. Fortunately, Duck, Pig and Hare are able to rally round and help him in time.

I actually like the English translation better than the original Dutch because the translator choose to use the phrase "bare frog" instead of "naked frog". It just made it more poignant.

Read it to an almost 3 year old who loved it. ( )
  docopperhead | Jul 27, 2013 |
Frog experiences significant difficulties in adjusting to his first winter in this third entry in Max Velthuijs' Frog series, originally published in Dutch as Kikker in de kou. Waking up one cold morning, our ranine hero wanders out into the white landscape, becoming ever more distressed and disoriented. His friends, who are all better suited to this environment, fail to grasp the depth of his trouble at first, but, having discovered him collapsed in the snow, bring him home and nurse him back to health...

Like the first two Frog books - Frog in Love and Frog and the Birdsong - this charming picture-book explores an important issue in a non-didactic way, offering a gentle and reassuring take on a significant problem. Sometimes, we just don't listen to one another, and through that omission, we fail to grasp the gravity of a situation. This latter is particularly true of children, who may not understand all the dangers around them. Frog In Winter sees Pig, Duck and Hare making that mistake, initially, by failing to appreciate just how distressed Frog is, when it comes to the cold weather, but also sees them putting their error right, and helping to come up with a solution to the problem. With an engaging narrative, and sweetly adorable illustrations - Velthuijs' artwork has really been growing on me, as I read through more of his books! - this is a title I would recommend to young readers who have difficult adjusting to a particular season, or who have been ill. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 11, 2013 |
Gewoon WEER een leuk boek van Max Velthuijs. Geschikt vanaf 3/4 jaar. ( )
  Iranavanveluwen | Mar 4, 2010 |
In this story, frog has really good friends. They all try to do things and help him not freeze in the winter. When they realize how much he doesn't like it, they all go inside his house and entertain him. You could have your class tell what they would do to make frog happy in warm and then draw a picture of it. You could also go around the class and ask what their favorite season is. ( )
  ceoliver | Oct 28, 2008 |
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One morning, Frog wakes up knowing that something had gone wrong with the world. Everything is completely white, and it is very cold outside. Much too cold for Frog to take part in any of the fun that his friends are having with the ice and snow. It's even too cold for him to enjoy a snowball fight! After all, he is just a bare frog—he has neither fur nor feathers. Eventually the other animals band together to equip Frog with warm clothing and extra firewood. But nothing will really cheer Frog up as much as the arrival of the Spring!
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Frog's physiology does not permit him to enjoy winter, but his friends help him to make the best of the cold weather.

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