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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Three brothers, Thomas, Nicholas, and Curtis, always played together and got into mischief. Though their mother loved to teach them the right things, sometimes the three boys tried to discover the world around them and got into trouble many times. The boys loved to explore Grannie's old house where the floors creaked when they walked on them. One day while exploring the basement, they saw a little frog jumping around. It was the tiniest frog they had seen and they decided to make it their pet. The boys decided to keep it a secret and not tell Grannie about it. They heard Grannie coming down the stairs and she checked if they had been to the storage room because it was off-limits. While they were speaking to her, the little frog jumped out of Thomas's pocket. Grannie decided to make a home for the little frog in an old fish tank and they watched him play. They named the little frog Jumpy and promised not to keep any more secrets from Grannie.
Three Boys and a Frog by Colleen Baxter Sullivan is a beautiful story that speaks about the bonding children share with their grandmothers. The illustrations by Lexi Brozovich are colorful and charming and give a good pace and movement to the story. The time the boys spend in Grannie's house is relatable and many young readers will be able to connect with it. It is a good story to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries because the story is easy to understand and read. Parents and grandparents can use it for bedtime storytelling and also gift their kids and grandkids for birthdays and special occasions.