Ribbiting Tales: Original Stories about Frogs

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An anthology of eight humorous stories celebrating the slimy frog includes original tales by such authors as Robert J. Harris, Brian Jacques, Bruce Coville, Janet Taylor Lisle, and Jane Yolen.

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Nancy Springer has published forty novels for adults, young adults and children. In a career beginning shortly after she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1970, Springer wrote for ten years in the imaginary realms of mythological fantasy, then ventured on contemporary fantasy, magical realism, and women's fiction before turning her attention to children's literature. Her novels and stories for middle-grade and young adults range from contemporary realism, mystery/crime, and fantasy to her critically acclaimed novels based on the Arthurian mythos, I AM MORDRED: A TALE OF CAMELOT and I AM MORGAN LE FAY. Springer's children's books have won her two Edgar Allan Poe awards, a Carolyn W. Field award, various Children's Choice honors and numerous ALA Best Book listings. Her most recent series include the Tales of Rowan Hood, featuring Robin Hood’s daughter, and the Enola Holmes mysteries, starring the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Ms. Springer lives in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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Gr 3-6-These eight original stories, each by a different author, are intended as an entertaining homage to frogs. Black-and-white line drawings echo the playfulness of the stories, which are all clever and lighthearted except for one. Stephen Menick's "Polliwog" is told in the voice of a Pharaoh of Egypt who desperately wants a son and when magicians give him one, a battle of magic begins with Moses. Longer and more serious than the others, the story seems oddly out of place in the collection and the frog detail is incidental. In contrast, the opening tale by Robert J. Harris, "Old Jim Croaker Jumps over the Moon," is genuine folktale fun about a frog that believes his own bragging. Other authors include Janet Taylor Lisle, Brian Jacques, Jane Yolen, David Lubar, and Bruce Coville. Springer adds the final tale titled "Ahem," which gives the phrase "a frog in the throat" a witty twist. In her foreword she declares her fascination for rooting for the underfrog, and the pond stage is set. Ribbit.-Julie Cummins, School Library Journal

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