Outdoor Surprises

 
Cover: Outdoor Surprises
 
 

Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating on his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful. From acclaimed children's writer Eve Bunting comes a beginning reader series featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. In Outdoor Surprises Frog eagerly joins a singing group, helps Squirrel rescue a baby bird, and provides a voice of reason when his woodland friends are scared by a nighttime story.

Details

Specifications

  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585368075): 48 pages, 6 (w) x 9 (h), © 2013, 04/01/2013
  • Paperback (9781585368082): 48 pages, 6 (w) x 9 (h), © 2013, 04/01/2013
  • PDF (9781627530101): 48 pages, © 2013, 04/15/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535694): 48 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Series: I AM A READER!
  • Subseries: Frog and Friends

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 7
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
  • Lexile® Measure: 360
  • Guided Reading Level: K
  • ATOS Reading Level: 2.3
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 161428
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Awards

  • 2014 Bank Street Best Books of the Year for Children, Winner, 2014

Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews "Frog and Friends: Outdoor Surprises"

This easy reader features an energetic amphibian, his numerous woodland companions, and their adventures in the great big world. In the first story, Frog’s lighthearted side shines when a sore throat prevents him from singing and he shares jokes instead of joining the choir. The second tale highlights Frog’s uncanny knack for volunteering Squirrel for a particularly dangerous assignment when a baby bird’s nest falls from its tree. In the last selection, a spooky ghost tale, the critters are nervous when a towering shadow appears. Dynamic illustrations, largely in blue and green, break up the text, and the characters’ animated expressions reinforce the action. Succinct dialogue provides some details of the characters’ personalities. For example, “‘Humph!’ Squirrel said. ‘I will try to not drop the nest. And I will try to not drop me.’” Overall, a sweet, fairly satisfying addition.

Contributors

Author: Eve Bunting

An author of more than 250 children’s books, Eve Bunting has won numerous awards and honors, including a Pen International Special Achievement award for her contribution to Children’s Literature. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish American Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Illustrator: Josée Masse

Josée Masse’s children’s books include “Mirror, Mirror” (selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010) and “Mousie Love” (included in Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2010).