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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Frog and the Birdsong
by Max Velthuijs
Age Range: Under_5
While out walking one day Frog comes across a blackbird lying on the ground. He thinks the bird is sleeping but asks his friends Duck and Pig to come and have a look. They offer various suggestions until Hare explains that the bird is dead. “Dead”, said Frog. “What’s that?” Max Velthuijs deals with the subject of death in a very gentle way allowing Hare to explain to his friends that everything dies eventually but that it is all part of life.
The Frog books by author and illustrator Max Velthuijs have become contemporary classics and the delightful amphibian in his stripy shorts has acquired an international reputation. These books follow the lives of Frog and his friends Duck, Pig, Rat and Hare. The perceptive and beautiful illustrations make these stories popular with young children and are ideal for reading aloud.
Other titles translated into English are: Frog and Duck, Frog and Hare, Frog and Pig, Frog and the Stranger, Frog Finds a Friend, Frog in Love, Frog in Winter, Frog is a Hero, Frog is Frog, Frog is Frightened, Frog is Sad, Frog and the Treasure and Frog and a Very Special Day.