The Frog With a Frown


Children - Coming of Age
32 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2019
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Author Biography

The son of an international award-winning dolphin trainer, Todd G. Sorrell shared living space with a menagerie of animals in his Hawaii home. Geese, goats, weasels, parrots, mynah birds, rabbits, dogs, cats, and turtles all counted as siblings. When not spending hours trying to master French, Japanese and Ilocano language skills, he found relief in conversing with his furry and feathered friends. He readily admits to having superior linguistic abilities with the animals. "It borders on telepathic," he says. "And the accents are less tricky."...

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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite

The Frog With A Frown by Todd G. Sorrell is a children’s story that addresses problems of self-esteem that children and young adults face every day. The frog, feeling poorly about his self-image, is sad all the time because he feels that he’s not worthy of friendship, happiness or even a simple smile from a passerby. A dragonfly asks Frog several questions about his nature and points out some things he did not know. With Frog’s self-esteem so low, can Dragonfly say or do anything that will ultimately change Frog’s self-image? How can simple words change how one feels about themselves?

I loved The Frog With A Frown. Todd G. Sorrell has effectively expressed the emotional and self-image problems that feed self-esteem issues in a manner that kids can understand. The characters are fun, relatable and understanding as the plot centers on important issues in child development. The vibrant pictures add delightful images that tell the story as easily as the words do. I love how Sorrell plays to the minds of kids throughout the plot while pointing out key areas of emotional distress that can be addressed through communication and understanding. The Frog With A Frown is a wonderful story that could easily help kids realize they are worthy of friendship and love. I look forward to many more stories like this by Sorrell that have a great plot with a message that will encourage the emotional development of children. I recommend this story to anyone who has children.