An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night by Joanne McGonagle.
I received this one from Joanne to read and review. However, I’m NOT being paid for this review, and it reflects my honest opinion. 🙂
You can find more information about her at The Tiniest Tiger.
An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is the story of a young toad named Andrew, pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog.
Andrew embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa some questions about what it means to be an amphibian. The story is blended with factual information that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among toads and frogs.
A young reader’s curiosity will be piqued as they consider the unique attributes of the individual creatures that make up a species, perhaps sparking the light of conversation in their hearts and minds.
The illustrations in this book were almost magical in their beauty.
This would be a GREAT mentor text for my 6th graders when we study:
Theme of loving yourself, being unique
Collecting delicious words for our writing
I love how the story itself is on scroll paper. That added a special touch.
Andrew, the toad and main character, was also portrayed as a sensitive one. Not just concerning his feelings but also the feelings of others, even the frog bullies.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. And did I mention how gorgeous the illustrations were??
5 of 5 stars