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Wanda and the Frogs

by (author) Barbara Azore

illustrated by Georgia Graham

Initial publish date
May 2012
Parents, Emotions & Feelings, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Blue-eyed, freckle-faced Wanda is back, and with her comes spring, puddles, and wriggling black tadpoles. Wanda is enchanted. On the way to school one morning, Wanda scoops some tadpoles into her sand pail. When she presents them to her teacher, the teacher agrees to let the class take care of them until they become frogs. But what will happen to the tadpoles once they grow legs and their tails begin to shrink? Wanda is worried. She wants to keep them. When she secretly moves the frogs into her own bedroom at home, Wanda’s family is in for a hilarious host of surprises.

In this charming sequel to Wanda and the Wild Hair, the dynamic author/illustrator team of Barbara Azore and Georgia Graham perform their magic in another joyful adventure of the quirky and mischievous Wanda.

About the authors

Barbara Azore's profile page

Georgia Graham has been a compulsive drawer ever since she was a child growing up in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1982 where she majored in Visual Communications. She has written and illustrated Cub's Journey Home, Where Wild Horses Run, The Lime Green Secret, A Team Like No Other, and The Strongest Man This Side of Cremona. She has illustrated many children's books by other authors.
Georgia lives with her husband on a small farm on the edge of Lacombe, Alberta. Her grown children and granddaughter live near by.

Georgia Graham's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Wanda and the Frogs:
“The book is perfect for a read-aloud tie-in to a unit on frogs or a frog-themed storyhour. The brightly hued, chalk-pastel cartoon illustrations add to the story’s charm. A neat addition for spring.”
School Library Journal

“...Graham’s warm, subtle pastels merit multiple viewings.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Wanda and the Wild Hair:

“This charming story is well served by the delightful comic illustrations of Georgia Graham.”
CM Magazine

“Kids who love their hair will identify with Wanda’s playful solution to make her adults happy.”
Prairie Books NOW

Librarian Reviews

Wanda and the Frogs

In Wanda and the Frogs, Wanda discovers tadpoles swimming in a puddle. Scooping some of them up into her pail, she takes them to school where she feeds them and ensures their safety when her classmates crowd around the aquarium. After the tadpoles have grown into tiny frogs, the teacher wants to take them to the creek, but Wanda is miserable at that thought and decides to take some home. She sneaks a bucket of frogs into her room and plans to feed them with the nasty flies and spiders that Mother hates. Everything is fine until the frogs escape from the bucket!

The illustrations are bright, beautiful, and playful, rich in colour and detail. Georgia Graham wonderfully portrays Wanda’s caring and sympathetic attitude towards the frogs as well as her misery at the teacher’s suggestion to return the frogs to the creek. While the book will interest children, especially when Wanda and Daddy chase after the hopping frogs loose in the house, Wanda could have had a stronger presence in the story with more dialogue, including coming to her own realization at the end as to what needed to be done with the frogs.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2007. Vol.30 No.2.

--- Wanda and the Frogs

Wanda finds tadpoles and scoops them up in her sand pail. Her teacher lets the class care for them until they mature. When the transformation begins, Wanda secretly moves the frogs into her bedroom, and her family faces a hilarious host of surprises. Engaging chalk pastel artwork accompanies this tale.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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