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Once I Was a Pollywog

Part of Animals Play
Illustrated by Barbara Bakos

Discover what these baby animals become when they grow up in this sweet board book by award-winning author Douglas Florian.

Once I was a pollywog,

but now I am a frog.

Once I was a piglet,

but now I am a hog.

In this fun, rhyming story by award-winning author Douglas Florian, meet different baby animals and discover what they become when they grow up! The baby/adult pairs include: pollywog/frog; piglet/hog; cub/bear; leveret/hare; gosling/goose; calf/moose. And at the end, meet a little boy who will always be his mama's bundle of joy!

Douglas Florian is the award-winning author/illustrator of numerous children's books including Donthesaurus, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year; Bow Wow Meow Meow, a Parents magazine Best Book of the Year.He is also a fine artist and former cartoonist for the New Yorker. He lives in Long Island, New York.

Florian's newest board books offer cheery introductions to the natural world for preschoolers and toddlers. <i>Leap, Frog, Leap!</i> combines action verbs with animals, with phrases such as "Race, rabbit, race!" and "Spin, spider, spin!" <i>Once I Was a Pollywog</i> focuses on the names of baby animals and what they grow up to be ("Once I was a cub...but now I am a bear."). Each book concludes with a human character-<i>Leap, Frog, Leap!</i> with a child sleeping and <i>Pollywog</i> with a baby who grows up into a boy. Both titles use rhymes and succinct text to help create a bouncy, simple rhythm for young readers to enjoy. Bakos's illustrations are bright and colorful, especially on the glossy board book pages, matching Florian's sprightly narrative. Even more dangerous animals, like a cheetah and an alligator, are drawn as warm, jovial, friendly characters rather than as scary or menacing, making the illustrations further suitable for preschoolers. In <i>Pollywog</i>, Florian offers some different creatures and terms with which children may not be as familiar, such as a leveret, which becomes a hare, and a gosling, which becomes a goose, providing more potential learning opportunities for young readers. VERDICT: With vivid, lively illustrations; simple, direct writing; and plenty of adorable animals, this pair of titles will be strong choices for any board book collection.

– School Library Journal

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