What Did I Look Like When I Was a Baby? by Jeanne Willis

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When Michael asks his mom this question, he's told he looked just like his grandpa--bald and wrinkly. Far away in the jungle, a baboon asks as well, prompting a hippo, a leopard, and other animals all over the world to ask the same question. They each get an amusing and simple answer until a bullfrog is about to ask his mom and she says, "Son, don't even ask."

Seeing a picture of himself as a tadpole sends this young bullfrog into a tizzy that is sure to elicit fits of laughter from children and adults who've doubted they were ever that person in their baby pictures. The book includes an original song that describes the transformation all frogs go through (reassuring the troubled bullfrog), and kids can search the artwork for hints to which animal will be asking this universal question next.

About Jeanne Willis

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Jeanne Willis is the author of many books for children, including "Tadpole's Promise, I Hate School, I Want to Be a Cowgirl", and the popular Professor Xargle series, all illustrated by Tony Ross. Ms. Willis lives with her husband and children in London, England. Tony Ross, one of England's best-known authors and illustrators of children's picture books, is now enjoying a growing international reputation. A video version of five of his stories, titled"I Want a Cat, " has been shown on BBC television. " Is It Because?" is his first book to be published by Barron's.
Published June 29, 2000 by Andersen Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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(The hyena mommy replies that her baby “looked just like your dad and we laughed and laughed!”) Of course, the little bullfrog is another story entirely, and at first he is horrified by the baby pictures his mother shows him.

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He only emerges when his brothers and sisters sing ""The Bullfrog Song"": ""Little bullfrog babies/ Don't look like frogs at all/ They're small and black and slimy,/ And they cannot hop or crawl..."" A musical arrangement follows the song (or the lyrics can also be sung to ""Miss Lucy Had a Steam...

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