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Author: Petty, Dev
Illustrator: Boldt, Mike
Publisher: Doubleday
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780385378666
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

I Don’t Want To Be a Frog

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“What’s wrong with being a frog anyway?” asks Dad
Frog wants to be anything but the fly-catching, slimy frog that he is naturally inclined to be. Frog would like to be any other animal such as a cat, or a rabbit, or a pig, or maybe even an owl. He asks his dad, “Why not?”
Along comes a curious wolf who tells frog a little secret. That’s when frog comes around and says, “I guess you can’t fight nature.” 
Mike Boldt, who is an Albertan, illustrates the dialogue between a dad and his son. Little frog realizes that ‘we are who we are’ and this animal dialogue supports a strong message of self acceptance. The large and colourful illustrations are attractive and engaging to a young reader. Colour coded speech bubbles visually support who is  doing the talking during the conversations. The book models well for grades 1-3 writers who may be beginning to experiment with quotation marks in their own writing.

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