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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Frog in the Pond by Rebecca Crosdale is a charming storybook for children where they get to meet a frog who has journeyed to his favorite place, the pond. It’s his best place to be. Resting on a lily pad, he hears the sound of feet approaching and he sees Kyah. Uncomfortable in her presence, the frog leaps back into the water. The girl wants the frog to leave the pond as she finds him ugly. The frog introduces himself as Jack Bond and he decides to teach Kyah a lesson. Will he succeed in doing that? Will he and Kyah become friends?
The author conveys lovely messages of friendship, love, acceptance, and tolerance through this story. The illustrations are bright and delightful, and they breathe life into the story and the characters. Often we are rejected by the people around us because of being different, and this story shows how it is possible to transcend all the differences and still become friends. It’s a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries.
Books like this are perfect for children to help them understand concepts and messages easily via a story and with the help of illustrations. The messages of acceptance and friendship are nicely expressed through the behavior of Kyah and Jack, the frog, and many readers will be able to identify with their characters. A beautiful story; I loved it!