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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever seen a frog with wings? We know frogs have great legs for jumping, but wings for flying? Well, there is one frog with wings; his name is Slog. He was born with wings. The only problem is, he can’t figure out how to use the wings. He desperately wants to fly. Frustrated, he reaches out to an owl and a squirrel and even a butterfly. When a nasty crow taunts Slog, he gives up for the day. His sister hasn’t given up. She has a great idea and she insists he comes with her the next day to try out her idea. Will it help him fly? Will it give him the self-confidence he needs to accept himself for who he is?
Javelin Jaaziel’s picture book story, Sister’s Surprise (Slog the Winged Frog), is a clever way to encourage young readers to accept themselves and others for their differences. It also teaches young readers the power of family and friendships. Using a little bit of humor and a wonderful collection of brightly colored illustrations, the plot develops through Slog’s failed attempts to learn how to fly, until the climax is reached when he actually does fly, thanks to his sister’s bright idea. This is a significant learning curve for Slog, not just about flying, but about self-respect and caring for others, particularly family. The story is presented in a way to appeal to young readers and help them believe that anything is possible, especially when you believe in yourself.