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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 Sad
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 is Sad, Frog is overcome by sadness but he doesn’t know why. He doesn’t feel like smiling, in fact he feels like crying and wants to be left alone. Rat tries to cheer him up by playing him some music on his violin but he only succeeds in making Frog cry! But at last, Frog starts to laugh and soon he has all his friends laughing with him.
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 Frog, Frog is a Hero, Frog is Frightened, Frog and the Treasure and Frog and a Very Special Day.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)