Tadpole's Promise (Paperback)

By Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Andersen Press, 9781783445868, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/1/2005)
Paperback (3/17/2005)
Hardcover (7/1/2008)

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"Where the willow meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes and fell in love. 'Promise me that you will never change', the caterpillar says." And foolishly, the tadpole promises. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms—and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend? As he sits on his lily pad, digesting the butterfly he has just eaten, he little realizes that now he will never know!

About the Author

Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross also collaborated on Chicken Clicking and Dr. Xargle's Book of Earthlets.

Praise For Tadpole's Promise

"This tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely–and amusingly–on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons depict the edge of a pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love. . . . Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance. Enjoy this funny story on its own merits or try using it to lighten up a science lesson." —School Library Journal starred review

"Breaks the mould in form as well as content." —Sunday Times

"In poetic, carefully crafted prose Jean Willis tells an ironic, tragic tale of blighted young love." - Linda Pagett - Writeaway.co.uk