The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin Paperback – Oct 1 1994
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This retold fairy tale has its poignant moments, but it's also hilarious at times. Most of the funny bits come when the prince who's been turned into a frog tries to communicate. He can't pronounce words so well because he doesn't know how to roll up his tongue (hence the subtitle), so it makes a great read-aloud. Pin bravely taunts a dangerous spiked turtle with mangled insults like "you one dumb tuh-tuh," hops to safety, then spits a rock at him. A female frog makes earnest attempts to understand the extraordinary title character. She's a smart little amphibian, but readers know exactly why Pin is such a puzzle to her, which makes her efforts to figure him out all the more humorous. Science Is Fun Award: Readers will enjoy this funny fairy tale, but they will also learn about what makes frogs different from toads, why they have two vocal sacs, and how the whole mating thing works.
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About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the author of more than fifty books for children, including many picture books and novels for tweens and teens. Some of her most popular books are Zel, Beast, Ugly, Bound, and Stones in Water. Donna Jo lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Judy Schachner lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is narrated by a female frog who befriends our hapless hero, Pin. The basic tale of The Frog Prince is maintained, but only as shell. The real story revolves around Pin's adaptation to his new world and the compromises of his human and frog selves.
Donna Jo Napoli did a wonderful job of creating just the right mood for each scene - light and carefree when the frogs are playing, a little menacing when the mean old bullfrog comes, and particularly sweet when Pin is determined to save all his hundreds of tadpole children. A bit of the fantastic, the scientific, and the winsome. Also charming is the sequel, Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace.
When reading it aloud, we stumble over the references to the "mating hole," but the children don't notice anything missing when we use the word "well" instead. Now that our daughter is reading, the gig may be up.
I love this book and am dismayed that Napoli's other books may be for an older audience.
Most recent customer reviews
Now, this was not a terrible book, but it wasn't great eithier. It starts when Jade, a frog who tells the story, discovers a strange new frog. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Victory Silvers
Unlike most of the other reviewers here, neither I nor my nine-year-old enjoyed this book. The premise is good, but the family-values morality is heavy-handed and the writing limps... Read morePublished on March 28 2000 by Karen McVicker
My teacher started reading this to our sixth grade class, and by the end of the first chapter, no one wanted her to stop. Read morePublished on Dec 13 1998
When I first saw this book, I thought that it was a childish fairytale. However, it is actually very interesting with a nice twist to it. Read morePublished on Dec 10 1998
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