The Frog Princess: A Tlingit Legend From Alaska

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After rejecting all of her human suitors, the beautiful daughter of a Tlingit tribal leader declares that she would rather marry a frog from the lake, in a mesmerizing retelling of a Tlingit Legend.

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Eric A. Kimmel is professor emeritus at Portland State University and a celebrated children's author, known especially for his skillful writing, retelling, and adapting of folktales and legends from all around the world. He is a frequent lecturer and storyteller at schools and conferences. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Jewish Book Award and Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. You can find out more by visting his website at www.ericakimmel.com

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PreS-Gr. 2. In Kimmel's retelling of a Tlingit tale, a village headman's beautiful daughter rejects all her potential suitors: "I would sooner marry a frog from our lake," she tells one unfortunate hopeful. Then comes a young man whom she finds irresistibly handsome, despite his bulging eyes. The suitor belongs to the Frog People, and the enamored girl follows him to his underwater kingdom and happily marries. Her bereft parents threaten the frogs until their daughter is returned, but the girl misses her husband and goes back to his watery world. The story (which may be too long for sharing at one sitting) is gracefully told, and preschoolers will enjoy the shape-shifting magic and cultural details, which are extended in the uncluttered paintings of villagers in Tlingit costume. Still, it's older children (and teens) who will relate most to the parental intolerance for boundary crossing: "It is unnatural for a human girl to live among frogs. They must marry their own kind and so must you." Suggest this for discussions with a wide age group. Source notes are appended. Gillian Engberg
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