Once I Was a Pollywog (Animals Play) (Board book)

By Douglas Florian, Barbara Bakos (Illustrator)

little bee books, 9781499801415, 18pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

List Price: 6.99*
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Description

Discover what these baby animals become when they grow up in this sweet board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian.

Once I was a pollywog,

but now I am a frog.

Once I was a piglet,

but now I am a hog.

In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, meet different baby animals and discover what they become when they grow up! The baby/adult pairs include: pollywog/frog; piglet/hog; cub/bear; leveret/hare; gosling/goose; calf/moose. And at the end, meet a little boy who will always be his mama's bundle of joy!


About the Author

Douglas Florian is the award-winning author/illustrator of numerous children's books including Donthesaurus, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year; Bow Wow Meow Meow, a Parents magazine Best Book of the Year.He is also a fine artist and former cartoonist for the New Yorker. He lives in Long Island, New York.


Praise For Once I Was a Pollywog (Animals Play)

Florian's newest board books offer cheery introductions to the natural world for preschoolers and toddlers. <i>Leap, Frog, Leap!</i> combines action verbs with animals, with phrases such as "Race, rabbit, race!" and "Spin, spider, spin!" <i>Once I Was a Pollywog</i> focuses on the names of baby animals and what they grow up to be ("Once I was a cub...but now I am a bear."). Each book concludes with a human character-<i>Leap, Frog, Leap!</i> with a child sleeping and <i>Pollywog</i> with a baby who grows up into a boy. Both titles use rhymes and succinct text to help create a bouncy, simple rhythm for young readers to enjoy. Bakos's illustrations are bright and colorful, especially on the glossy board book pages, matching Florian's sprightly narrative. Even more dangerous animals, like a cheetah and an alligator, are drawn as warm, jovial, friendly characters rather than as scary or menacing, making the illustrations further suitable for preschoolers. In <i>Pollywog</i>, Florian offers some different creatures and terms with which children may not be as familiar, such as a leveret, which becomes a hare, and a gosling, which becomes a goose, providing more potential learning opportunities for young readers. VERDICT: With vivid, lively illustrations; simple, direct writing; and plenty of adorable animals, this pair of titles will be strong choices for any board book collection.
— School Library Journal