Frog and Beaver (Hardcover)

By Simon James, Simon James (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763698195, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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A new neighbor with huge plans turns life upside down for animals who live on the river in a charming ecological fable from Simon James.

Frog and his friends live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam anyone has ever seen, and he doesn’t stop to think about what that will mean for everyone else’s homes. Frog tries to tell Beaver that his dam is getting too big, but Beaver just won’t listen. Before long, Beaver’s dam is so huge that it stops all the water in the river, and Frog and his friends must move upstream. But diverted water also needs somewhere to go, and soon Beaver will learn that only one force is stronger than a mighty river — friendship.

About the Author

Simon James is an award-winning author and illustrator of many picture books, including George Flies South, Little One Step, Baby Brains, and Leon and Bob, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. Simon James lives in England.

Praise For Frog and Beaver

James creates a simple, effective narrative for reading aloud, but the large, ink-and-watercolor artwork brings it to life, illustrating the increasing chaos of the formerly peaceful setting as well as the characters’ emotions as events unfold. A pleasing picture book.
—Booklist Online

A beaver sets out to build the biggest dam on the river, with disastrous consequences for frog and the other woodland creatures in this funny environmental fable from gifted British author-illustrator Simon James, creator of "Baby Brains," "Rex" and more.
—Buffalo News

A delightful, fun story of ecology, friendship and cooperation, Frog and Beaver will undoubtedly resonate with kids in many important ways.
—Kendal Rautzhan's "Books to Borrow"