Synopses & Reviews
“We’ll have to move,” says Mother, after realizing the pond is too small. But moving a family of 999 young frogs is fraught with danger! Hungry snakes are crawling through the grass. Hungry hawks are flying through the sky. A young frog makes a mighty tasty morsel. Never underestimate the quick wits of 999 young frogs!
"The best moment in this English-language debut, first published in Japan in 2003, comes as Mother and Father Frog try to keep their 999 tadpoles safe from predators as they search for a bigger pond. 'Keep hopping,' Father warns, 'or a scary snake might get you.' Father widens his eyes and sticks out his tongue to show his children what a snake looks like, but it's too late: the next spread reveals a dozen tadpoles holding onto the tail of a large, red... snake. 'Like THIS?' they ask. (Kimura quickly reassures readers: 'The snake was sleeping peacefully. It must just have eaten.') When a hawk seizes Father soon after, what looks like a crisis instead delivers the frogs to a roomy new home. Kimura views the natural world with humor and urges readers not to give in to discouragement ('This is great,' says a tadpole as the hawk drags the entire family through the sky. 'What a view!' says another.) Murakami's naÃ¯f spreads, with plenty of white space and many small, absorbing images on every page, ease the tension and provide laughs. Ages 4 8. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
'What child doesnt love the first signs of spring? Its spring, and the world is full of new leaves, and cherry blossoms, and hungry baby birds. Mick, Mack, and Molly can see that caterpillars like to eat leaves, and bees like to suck nectar from the blossoms, but what can they feed a hungry young chick?\n
About the Author
Ken Kimura was born in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. In addition to writing children’s books, he makes handmade children’s toys. Mr. Kimura lives in Japan.
Yasunari Murakami was born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. His illustrations have been honored at the Bolgona Book Fair, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, and with the Japan Picture Book Award, and there is a Yasunari Murakami Museum in the Izu Highland, Japan.