The Five Frogs on Biscuit Bay – Tommy Piolata
This is a nice book for children very well presented and the overall idea is great.
The story starts where the young frogs are listening to the adult frogs discuss the need to move to a more suitable home. The 5 young frogs decide they will contribute and find that special place. The adventure that they set off on is one of danger, excitement and the importance of friendship.
I’d give a special mention to the illustrator of this book David Cuccia as I was particularly impressed with the illustrations and how it enhanced the development of the story telling. As children have great imaginations and absorb more information from pictures than words the illustrations where hugely beneficial and complementary to the plot.
I found the story very simple and sweet with subtle little messages about courage and endurance and the strength of friendship with a happy ending that all children would enjoy. Yet I feel that less words could have been used to convey such a simple story. Children often see the pages of words and think it too complicated or long to keep focused and thus lose interest. I like the way the book breaks the story into little chapters that allow the children to stop and read over several periods. Which unfortunately I found necessary to keep their attention.
On a small point but one that started to bother me, I found putting ‘The’ in front of all the frogs’ names annoying and interrupted the flow bringing each character into the story as I read aloud.