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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 Finds a Friend
by Max Velthuijs
Age Range: Under_5
The Frog books by illustrator Max Velthuijs have become contemporary classics and the delightful amphibian in his stripy shorts has acquired an international reputation. Frog can be many things – vulnerable, thoughtful, impulsive, wise,compassionate, frightened – and these books follow the lives of Frog and his friends Duck, Pig, Rat and Hare.
In Frog Finds a Friend, Frog discovers a little bear that is lost and decides to take him home to be his new friend. Frog looks after the little bear and teaches him everything that he knows to the other animals’ great surprise. They do everything together and they are the best of friends. Then one day Little Bear decides he must go away, back to where he came from. Frog is heartbroken and wonders whether he will ever see Little Bear again.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)