Finklehopper Frog
Finklehopper Frog
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Annotation: Finklehopper Frog's jogging style and wild jogging suit meet with criticism until he runs into Ruby Rabbit.
Catalog Number: #100703
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Lies, Brian,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-582-46234-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-29970-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-582-46234-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-29970-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2002009178
Dimensions: 24 x 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The premise isn't new, but the fresh art and animal cast will appeal to children learning about self-esteem. In his urgency to join the fitness trend, Finklehopper buys a silly looking outfit and takes up jogging, even though he's used to hopping. The other animals laugh at him. Finally, another hopper, Ruby Rabbit, encourages Finklehopper to quit trying to be like everyone else and just HOP. The acrylic-paint illustrations in bright, summery colors feature comical images of animals tricked out in exercise garb: an alligator wears headphones, a turtle sports a baseball cap, a cat jogs in a pink tracksuit. They all run on their hind legs like humans, and the blend of animal and human traits is clever and funny: the chimp who runs the clothing store where Finklehopper buys his jogging suit holds up hangers with her toes as well as her fingers. The rhythmic text will be fun to read aloud, and the story may encourage kids to get up and do some hopping of their own.
Horn Book
In jaunty rhyme, a lesson about individuality is hidden beneath the "jazzy jogging suit" of Finklehopper Frog, as he gets the jogging bug and, once properly clad, tries to join the other animals. Finkle realizes frogs aren't built to jog, but hopping is fine, too. The bright, zany illustrations and rhythmic text help overcome the thinness of the story.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Finklehopper Frog wants to join the exercise crowd. Dressed in his new jogging suit that's almost electric with its brightly colored stripes and circles, he "hippied and he hoppied," which makes the other animals laugh at him. Elephants carry water bottles, bats wear running shoes, and snakes sport sweatbands. Only Ruby Rabbit points out that Finklehopper's style suits him just fine, and he hops along with his usual frog expertise. Lies entertains with a full range of cartoon expressions and strict attention to the smallest details in the lives (and jogging attire) of more than 30 animals. With rhyming verse, Livingston points out the strengths of individuality and diversity. Large-font text overlays full-page art done in acrylic paint, creating an entertaining read-aloud.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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School Library Journal
Word Count: 447
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 70331 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.9 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q35026
Lexile: AD550L
Finklehopper, Finklehopper,
Finklehopper Frog
saw that all the other folks
were going out to jog.

Finklehopper whispered,
“I will buy a jogging suit.
I’ll get myself a jazzy one,
a dandy one, a beaut!”

So Finkle got his hat and coat
and locked his little door,
then hopped to Mrs. Chimpanzee’s.
She ran a clothing store.

Excerpted from Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston
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When Finklehopper Frog decides to give jogging a try, everyone laughs at his efforts. But Finklehopper learns that it’s best to be himself and do what he loves--because that’s the perfect way for him!

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