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Robert Kalan has also written the charming children's books Rain and Blue Sea, both illustrated by Donald Crewes. Kalan holds a master's degree in education and has taught reading to both gifted and remedial students from kindergarten through the fourth grade. Byron Barton is the creator of many picture books for young children, including My Car, Building a House, and Little Red Hen.
PreS-Gr 2-A frog tries to catch a fly, but finds himself on the other end of the food chain in this simple cumulative tale by Robert Kalan (Greenwillow, 1995). As each new danger appears, the frog is left with one option: jump, frog, jump! The frog's final escape, however, requires the help of a boy. Young children will enjoy the suspense as the frog struggles to survive, and will join in with the male narrator in the repetitive text. A few simple sound effects are used, as well as occasional light background music. Sound quality is excellent. Page turn signals are offered on one side of the tape. This is a book that pre-schoolers, especially, will embrace for its simple plot and step-by-step action.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
When a frog catches a fly, he sets off a chain of predators in Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan, illus. by Byron Barton. The title answers the repeated refrain "How did the frog get away?" and children will soon be chanting along with this cumulative tale enhanced by Barton's folk-art-style illustrations, before he adopted his trademark style featuring a thick black line. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.