It’s been some time since my last book review. The latest book that I read with C and G is titled “The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog” by Ana Martin Larranaga.
This is in fact one of many versions of the traditional story. In this version, the wide-mouthed frog meets different animals from the Australian outback – a kangaroo, a koala, a possum, an emu and a crocodile.
Each time he meets a new animal, he asks for an introduction, and what it eats, before announcing that he’s a big wide-mouthed frog and that he eats flies. When he finally meets the brown crocodile, who declares that it ate big wide-mouth frogs, the frog quickly learns his lesson to keep his mouth shut, declaring that he is just a “small, narrow-mouthed frog” before he makes his escape.
A simple but delightful story. Both C and G enjoyed it tremendously, and C found it hilarious to image the frog puckering his mouth when he met the crocodile, and G simply liked to open his mouth wide like the frog!
Although the story was short, the children learnt about the animals from the Australian outback and what they ate, opposites (wide and narrow), and of course, the value of keeping your mouth shut at appropriate moments!
What are your children reading today?