The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins

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A spirited, contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, featuring a hilarious, Southwestern spin.

Reba Jo loves riding all over the wild prairie and roping any critter unlucky enough to cross her path. But when the spunky cowgirl finds herself in a mess of trouble, she's forced to strike a deal with a horned toad-he'll save her hide, but only if she grants him three wishes. Reba Jo tries her darnedest to weasel out of her part of the bargain, but the clever horned toad won't let her off the hook. In the end, she comes to see that a promise is a promise and that words once spoken are not easily taken back.

Author Jackie Mims Hopkins's sizzling Southwestern retelling of the classice fairy tale, THE FROG PRINCE, is enhanced by the Spanish vocabulary sprinkled throughout the text, and is complemented by Michael Austin's vibrant, distinctive illustrations, which colorfully transport young readers to the untamed, dusty prairie.


About Jackie Mims Hopkins

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Hopkins, a former teacher, is now a librarian/media specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. MICHAEL AUSTIN, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, is a creative director in Atlanta. He has illustrated Railroad John and the Red Rock Run, Late for School, 13 Monsters Who Should Be Avoided, and The Horned Toad Prince. Austin lives with his wife in Georgia.
Published September 1, 2010 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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The unusual perspectives and broad humor of Austin's (Thirteen Monsters Who Should Be Avoided) over-the-top airbrush illustrations in shades of violet and gold capture Reba Jo's comical disgust as she tries to wiggle out of her unpalatable bargain as well as the ugly toad's insouciant charm as he...

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