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Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing

Jane Yolen Ellen Shi

32 pages
WunderMill Publishing Group

“Rich colors underscore the intensity of Little Frog's feelings...a low-key way of introducing the idea of change, in nature or otherwise.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS

Most things that are scary are just new...

Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing helps families embrace the new and unknown through the story of one little frog learning that change doesn't have to be frightening—especially when families face it together!

It's Little Frog's first autumn, and she doesn't like it one bit. It is not the green world she loves so much, but something scarier and ominous, filled with red and gold and yellow. And noise! WHIRRRRR. CHIRRRR. BAROOOOOOM. But encouraged by her Mama, who reminds her that "Most things that are scary are just new," Little Frog bravely sets out into this world. When her courage waivers, she starts to run and soon is lost, miserably lost. She finds her way to Papa Frog, and he shows her what Mama Frog means.

In a warm and satisfying ending:

At last, arm in arm,
Little Frog and Papa Frog
happily hopped and danced
all the way home to The Pond
where Mama Frog had made
a fresh shoo-fly pie for dinner,
something all three of them knew well.

This charmer of a story is by multi-award winning author Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and the How Do Dinosaurs...? books. The wonderful autumn palette and adorable pictures are by newcomer Ellen Shi, who is not afraid of trying something new herself.

About the LITTLE FROG Series

Fear comes in many shapes and sizes.

Seasons change.

Families change.

And change can be a scary thing for a little mind exploring the complicated emotions of facing the unknown. With gentle sweetness, Little Frog makes them laugh and breathe a sigh of relief through life’s natural cycles. Little Frog shows young children they can muster up courage in the face of all things strange and new.

With a little love, patience, and acceptance, big fears can be turned into bigger discoveries.

Praise for LITTLE FROG

“Vivid autumn foliage is generally considered to be a thing of beauty, but those unfamiliar colors spell danger to a young frog. Yolen doesn’t rush Little Frog’s emotional turnaround. Shi’s inviting mixed-media landscapes make it clear that the amphibian is never in danger...reasoned reactions to her own nervousness hint at ways readers might tackle their own fears.” — PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

Author Bio

Jane Yolen has authored more than 365 books including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs...? Jane's books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world.

Ellen Shi grew up in the great state of New Jersey and recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Illustration. She loves color, simple shapes, and texture. Ellen is also an avid fan of nature, film, and books. When not drawing or painting, you will probably find her with her nose in a book.