In a warm, funny and beautifully illustrated story of friendship that is perfect for reading aloud, a group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor, a little pink pig, whose behavior causes some misunderstanding. - (Atlas Publishing)
A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?"
Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends! But is it too late? This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous RIBBIT!s throughout—perfect for reading aloud. - (Random House, Inc.)
A family of frogs have no idea why there's a pig sitting on a rock in their pond, saying "Ribbit!" "Does he think he's a frog? Is he making fun of us?" they ask. News of the pig-frog travels fast, and soon a raccoon, a turtle, and a weasel have arrived to witness the curiosity for themselves. With no more than "Ribbits" of explanation from the pig, the animals seek the council of a wise beetle; but when the beetle, who can't travel all that quickly, arrives back at the pond, the rock is empty. "Maybe," he says, "the pig just wanted to make new friends." Sure enough, our little pink pig has up and moved to a tree nearby, perched with the birds, and is practicing his "Tweet!" This is a sweet story about friendship, but it's Bernatene's illustrations of heavily textured and hugely expressive animals that are a joy. The frogs in particular charm, with their growing outrage expressed in skinny crossed arms and lolling eyeballs. Get ready to "Ribbit" at friendship-themed story hours. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews
When pond frogs discover a croaking piglet in their midst, they assume he is teasing them by using their[cf] sound. Other animals offer opinions but it isn't until they all consult with the wise old beetle that they realize the pig just wants a friend. Bernatene's playful, saturated watercolors bring life and humor to the slightly strained text.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
In a story from the duo behind Bob the Dog, a pink pig appears on a rock in a pond amid a large family of anxious frogs, confounding them all by enigmatically repeating "Ribbit," like a cheerful cousin to Poe's raven. What is the meaning of his call? Has he decided not to be a pig anymore? "This new relative of yours is a little pink!" says a raccoon, cocking his head skeptically. Bernatene's animals, painted on paper whose grain can be seen underneath the washed strokes of color, have oversize snouts and eyes whose expressions range from puzzlement to consternation. A consultation with the local wise beetle produces an answer: "Maybe... he just wanted to make new friends." But when they return, the pig has moved on. Silly animals that don't know what to do are a perennial favorite, and Bernatene has an instinctive sense for visual comedy, as when the pig realizes that things aren't going according to plan with the tiniest twitch of a porcine eyebrow. Sometimes, Folgueira reminds readers, the wisdom of the crowd is actually foolishness. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
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School Library Journal Reviews
K-Gr 2—In this charming tale of friendship, a frog family wakes up one morning to find an unexpected guest at their pond. "It was a pig-a little pink pig-sitting on a rock." The suspicious frogs are flummoxed by his arrival, and when the visitor will only "ribbit" to explain his presence, the frogs, along with a variety of woodland busybodies, become flustered and annoyed. Finally they consult the wise old beetle, but by the time they explain the dilemma and bring the beetle back to witness the phenomenon, the pig has disappeared. The animals are confused and curious as to the meaning of his appearance, and the beetle suggests that perhaps the piglet just wanted to make friends. "'Oh dear!' said the animals. They hadn't thought of that!" All ends well with the frogs and other animals joining the little porker with his newest group of friends-perched in a tree. "Tweet!" Bernatene's sassy, fretful frogs are delightfully expressive and unique, especially when contrasted with the supremely self-assured and content piglet. Both illustrations and story work equally well for large groups or one-on-one, and the narrative packs enough emotional punch for dramatic read-alouds.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN
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