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Author: Robert Kalan

Illustrator: Byron Barton

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Publisher: HarperFestival,

Material: board book

Summary: A frog tries to catch a fly but ends up having to jump away from bigger animals to avoid being eaten himself. This picture book introduces the food chain to kids.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Started reading with child 18 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He responded to the repetitive words "Jump, Frog, Jump" and identified the frog, but didn't understand that the frog was fleeing from other animals who wanted to eat him for dinner.

Adult Reader Reaction: We picked this book to complement toddler's interest in learning to jump. It would have been better to wait until s/he's older, can understand the food chain, & isn't bothered by pictures of animals pursuing the frog.

Pros: Bright illustrations, good mantra "Jump Frog Jump" that encouraged toddler to jump around. As toddler's language skills develop, the repetitive nature of the words will lend fun to their reading.

Cons: The pictures seemed rather scary, and the "food chain" introduces themes of aggression and violence that require parental guidance. Probably more acceptable--and comprehendible--for older children.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There are many books that can provide the same entertainment and encourage your toddler to jump!


Educational Themes: The book provides an opportunity to identify animals, learn about frogs and jumping, and introduce the more advanced concepts of nature and the food chain.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, nature, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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