An enchanting modern fable
The frogs enjoy their life at the pond, filling their days with fly brunches and night music. But one day a little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and is instantly pronounced a queen. She starts doing what queens do: making demands and expecting others to serve her.
But when her royal subjects start to question her authority, she must prove she's fit to rule--if she can. Reminiscent of Aesop's fables, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to start a discussion about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.
PreS-Gr 2--In this original picture book fairy tale, life in a community of frogs is abruptly changed when a crown is dropped into the pond. An expert diving frog retrieves it and is pronounced the queen. Other frogs become part of her court as she begins to demand royal attention and entertainment and all the entitlements of her queenly position. She also needs to be the best at everything, and a diving contest organized to amuse her becomes her downfall. The other frogs encourage the queen to show them what a wonderful diver she is, and as she demonstrates, the crown falls off her head and is lost in the muddy pond. Without a queen, the frogs return to their egalitarian ways. Using line drawings subtly colored in shades of green, Soma has depicted a happy community of frogs sitting on lily pads, dapperly dressed in sailor shirts. The story conveys how leadership can fail when it is not handled properly and how the common frog will find a way to prevail. VERDICT A simple, enjoyable fable that should spark discussion. A fine choice for a storytime; readers will want to pore over the lovely naturalistic art.--Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NYCopyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.