Friday, November 10, 2017

The Log and Admiral Frog

The Log and Admiral Frog. B. Wiseman. 1961. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]

First sentence:  Two frogs saw a log floating toward them. At least it looked like a log.

Premise/plot: Sometimes a log is not a log. Sometimes diplomacy fails--at least when you send a rabbit. Sometimes what you need is an Admiral Frog. Admiral Frog brings all sorts of animals together as a team and teaches them how to defend themselves against this enemy--this log. Turtles. Fish. Small birds. Big birds. Beavers. Skunks. Or are they navy ships, submarines, jets, bombers, and tear gas? Will the log surrender?

My thoughts: It was interesting. I'm not sure yet if it's good interesting. It begins with two frogs reporting to everyone what they've seen. A log that tried to eat them. An old rabbit says that they all just need to talk to the frog. He's confident that they can be friends with the log. The others doubt him, but give him a chance. The frog that does end up leading them is a "young frog nobody knew." His FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT mentality ends up being exactly what they need.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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