Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
In a pond so deep and chilly sat a frog upon a lily,
Catching flies the size he'd never seen before.
All at once, he started chuckling at a fluffy yellow duckling
Shaking shyly on the sand along the shore.
And so begins the charming story of Little Chicken Duck, whose fear of water prevents her from learning to swim. Taken under Froggie's wing, she is brought into the forest clearing, where each of the birds, in turn, confesses their deepest fear and how they came to terms with it. Armed with their stories of bravery and Froggie's support, Little Chicken Duck, "feeling cheerful, brave, and plucky," is finally able to overcome her fear of water and swim in the pond.
This heartwarming tale in rhyme is lovingly illustrated by the playful, enchanting illustrations by artist Bill Slavin.
About the authors
Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.
Praise for Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog
"The story is told in a lyrical style which will definitely appeal to young children. The rhythm, rhyme, and vivid descriptions make the story come to life....Rachel Berman...uses magical images to illuminate the text and to engage readers in the story in wonderful ways!" - Highly Recommended from CM Magazine
Set in rhyme, these verses prove to be quite strong, always scanning perfectly without seeming strained. ... Berman's palette tends to darker hues, which serves the tale well when the story is located in McGogg's bog... An amusing tale, indeed." - Kirkus Reviews
"Bradley McGogg is indeed a very fine frog and young readers will delight in his foolish antics." - Resource Links