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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 in Love
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.
Frog in Love was the first Frog book published in 1989. Frog is worried about his health because his heart beats too fast and he is walking about as if in a dream,he goes hot and cold and he feels like laughing and then crying. Hare tells him he must be in love – but who is he in love with?
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 Winter, Frog is Frog, Frog is a Hero, Frog is Frightened, Frog is Sad, Frog and the Treasure and Frog and a Very Special Day.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)