Some Frog! by Eve Bunting

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There's a frog-jumping competition at school and Billy asks his dad to help him catch a frog. But when it's time to hunt for a good jumper, Dad doesn't show up. Billy's mom comes through, again, and the frog they catch looks like a champ. Maybe Billy's dad will be at the big event. Grandpa gives some sage advice on how to talk to a frog, and on the big day, Billy coaxes that frog into a huge, terrific, winning jump. His dad doesn't come, so the day isn't perfect. But as he's taking his winning frog back to the pond, Billy realizes things are pretty good anyway. Maybe his dad will come next year.

About Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting, 1928 - Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969. That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times. Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor. EVE BUNTING has written many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz.Ms. Bunting recently received the prestigious Kerlan Award.She lives in Southern California.SCOTT MEDLOCK is well known for his sports paintings, which have been exhibited internationally and are held in numerous private collections.He is the illustrator of two poetry collections by Lee Bennet Hopkins, Extra Innings: Baseball Poems and Opening Days: Sports Poems.Mr. Medlock lives in Moorpark, California.
Published September 1, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A classroom frog-jumping competition results in a lesson in understanding and forgiveness, as a young boy learns that parents aren't perfect.

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The story, broken into nine brief chapters, is generously illustrated with Medlock's (Extra Innings: Baseball Poems) slightly impressionistic oil paintings, which feature familiar scenes of home and classroom as well as an arresting sequence showing Billy and Mom's nocturnal trip to the frog pond.

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"Huckleberry Finn has nothing on Billy when it comes to frog-jumping contests," wrote PW.

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