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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 is Frightened
by Max Velthuijs
Age Range: Under_5
Frog is lying in bed one night and hears some very strange noises that frighten him. He jumps out of bed and runs to Duck’s house. Duck tries to reassure him and invites Frog to stay the night. All is not well though, as they hear a scratching noise on the roof and a creaking on the stairs. Now both friends are frightened and rush off into the woods to Pig’s house where they are end up staying the night, but all three are kept awake by the mysterious noises coming from the forest. It is the wise Hare who sets them straight, explaining that everyone gets frightened sometimes.
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 and the Stranger, Frog Finds a Friend, Frog in Love, Frog in Winter, Frog is a Hero, Frog is Frog, Frog is Sad, Frog and the Treasure and Frog and a Very Special Day.