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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 Stranger
by Max Velthuijs
Age Range: Under_5
Pig discovers a stranger in their midst and excitedly tells his friends Duck and Frog. Duck and Pig are immediately hostile and prejudice against the new intruder – ‘he looks like a filthy, dirty rat’ says Pig. Frog isn’t convinced though and wants to find out for himself. He develops a friendship with Rat much to the disgust of Duck and Pig. Through a series of incidents Rat proves that their prejudices are completely unfounded and in the end they all become good friends. Max Velthuijs show the importance of accepting difference and dealing with the prejudice shown by the other animals.
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 Birdsong, 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.