Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TWO BY TWO Written and Illustrated by Barbara Reid


Written and Illustrated by Barbara Reid

A story about Noah and his ark

Publisher: Scholastic 
Pages: 29
Ages: 2 and up

I was in search of a book about Noah when I came across this lovely book by Barbara Reid. 

I recognized her Plasticine illustrations immediately.

My Granddaughters and I thoroughly enjoy reading this book and examining the pictures over and over again. 

Barbara Reid's art is full of interesting details and vibrant colors. She retells this familiar tale in whimsical rhyme.


As many of you know, Noah and his family build this humongous boat. Mrs. Noah loads up her arms with seeds of every flower, tree and weed.

The sons and their wives packed in the food. Then all the animals board the arc, TWO BY TWO .

It rained for forty days and forty nights. "Space within was so restricted, Even the boas felt constricted."

The rain stopped and the water recedes. 

The arc hits dry land and Noah opens the door and lowered the planks. "With hoot and squawk and squeak and bark, The animals tumbled off the ark."

A wonderful story back dropped with beautiful renditions. We have read and reread this story many times and I am sure we will enjoy it many more times.


Have you had the chance to read this book? Or perhaps a different version of this story?


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Wishing you the best, Darlene

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GIFTS Written by Jo Ellen Bogart and Illustrated by Barbara Reid


Written by Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustrated by Barbara Reid

Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Limited
Pages: 36
Ages: 3-7

I have to admit that the pictures attracted me to this book. 

The award winning plastercine illustrations are beautiful, clean and vibrant.

My granddaughters also love, love the illustrations. A large part about reading this book is discussing the images. Each page is a collage of images that define the geographical area that Grandma is visiting. 

My Granddaughters noticed right away that the little girl was getting older and at the end she was all grown up.

My grandma went a-travelling, she said: "what would you have me bring?" 

"Not much," said I, "just a piece of sky, and a hundred songs I can sing..."

And Grandma manages to do just that, delivering into a young girl's hands a pack of unusual souvenirs, from "billabong goo" to a sitar's zing. But more important, she brings the enduring gifts of enthusiasm, love and respect for a hundred different places and peoples the world over.

The loving relationship between grandma and granddaughter as each ages is tenderly captured in hugs, smiles and subtle physical changes. ...

Gifts is a treasure to read alone, aloud, to a group, or to give to anyone who loves the unique..." - School Library Journal


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Wishing you the best, Darlene

My Perfect Pony


Author: Gaby Goldsack
Illustrator: Michelle White

Publisher: Parragon Book Service Ltd
Pages: 24
Ages: 4 - 8


My four year old granddaughters are fascinated with horses. Two of their favourite movies are Spirit and Black Beauty. I don't know how many toy horses they have. So when Faith saw this book she snatched it up and asked if we could take it home.

This story is about a pony named Pepper and his owner Lucy. 

Pepper was not the "most handsome, the smartest, or even the fastest pony, but Pepper did not mind" because "he knew he was the luckiest pony on the farm because Lucy - the sweetest, kindest, most loving little girl that a pony could ever wish to meet - owned him."

The other children laughed at Pepper but Lucy told Pepper that the children were jealous because he was the best Pony on the whole farm.

When Lucy tells Pepper that they are going to enter a horse show. Pepper feels bad. He is afraid to let Lucy down because he thinks all the other ponies are better than him.

Pepper sneaks out in the middle of the night to practice. The other ponies wake and laugh at him.

That night Pepper dreams about the beautiful Great White Horse wearing a silver charm. 

The Horse shows the pony images of Pepper and Lucy together and says, "it doesn't matter what happens tomorrow. You are brave, loyal, and kind. You are the perfect pony for Lucy. Just be yourself tomorrow and everything will be all right!"

Lucy and Pepper win a few ribbons. At the end of the show, Pepper wins the blue ribbon and Lucy receives the Lucky Charm Award for best pony in the show. 

Pepper is surprised. Lucy's necklace looked exactly like the won the Great White Horse wore!


This is a beautiful story about a little girl who loves her pony so much that she doesn't see any flaws in him. 

And about a pony who learns to accept himself as he is and in doing so accomplishes things he never thought possible.I find the illustrations simple, cute and vibrant.

Please feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you. 

What did you think of this book?

Thursday, June 7, 2012



Written by Robert Munsch & Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Publisher: Annick Press
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Ages: 3 and up

My Granddaughters love this story so much that I am asked to read this story over and over - sometimes twice on one night.

We loved Murmel, Murmel Murmel by Robert Munsch so much that we decided to read more of his books starting with this one.

The cover makes me laugh because I imagine my Granddaughter's face as she sings-shouts with Mortimer. She is too cute for words.

In my opinion this story starts off a little strange. Mortimer's mother opened the door to his room and throws him into bed and says, "MORTIMER BE QUIET." 

How rude! Mortimer looks so small in his big fluffed up bed. What kind of mother is she?

But as soon as the mother gets downstairs, Mortimer (and my Granddaughter) sing at the top of their lungs,

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang
Gonna make my noise all day.
Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang
Gonna make my noise all day.

Just look at Mortimer on the book cover singing his heart out just as my little angels sing.

Well Mortimer makes so much noise that his father goes into Mortimer's room and yells, "MORTIMER BE QUIET." 

Mortimer is compliant and shakes his head, yes. But as soon as father gets downstairs Mortimer sings his song again. And once again my little Hunny Bunny sings too.

Mortimer's seventeen brothers and sisters tell Mortimer to be quiet.  Then the police do the same. But every time he is left alone in his room, Mortimer sings his song at the top of his lungs.

No one knew what to do about Mortimer. Everyone starts to fight with each other. It's their turn to make a lot of noise. 

In the meantime, Upstairs, Mortimer got so tired waiting for someone to come up that he fell asleep.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Author and Illustrator Mark Teague


Born 1963, in La Mesa, CA; Education: University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1985. 

Mark Teague and his family live in upstate New York. He worked in a bookstore after college. His job was to set up the books for display. The children's books made him remember his childhood. As a boy, he had written his own stories and drawn pictures for them. Working in the bookstore inspired Mark Teague. He soon began his grown-up career as a writer and illustrator of children's books. Today, he illustrates his own and other authors' books.

We have not read any of the other books by Mark Teague. I know that if I see one I will pick it up.

Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer,and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers. Mark and his wife live in Coxsackie, New York, with their young daughter Lily, who had a great time watching her dad paint the dinosaurs in How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Check out this site to learn more about this author,

I have created links, shown in blue to Amazon where you can see the cover of the book, preview a few pages and see other reader reviews. I use to avoid clicking on links thinking I was going to be taken to a site which would charge me or give my computer a virus. For newbies, don't be afraid to click on the links.

Writings Self Illustrated

·       TheTrouble with the Johnsons, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1989.
·       Mark Teague (Photograph by Laura Teague. Reproduced by permission of Mark Teague.)
·       Moog-Moog,Space Barber, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1990.
·       FrogMedicine, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991.
·       TheField beyond the Outfield, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991.
·       Pigsty, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1994.
·       HowI Spent My Summer Vacation, Crown (New York, NY), 1995.
·       TheSecret Shortcut, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1996.
·       BabyTamer, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1997.
·       TheLost and Found, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1998.
·       OneHalloween Night, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1999.
·       Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
·       DetectiveLaRue: Letters from the Investigation, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.


·       What Are Scientists, What Do They Do?, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991.
·       Adventures in Lego Land, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1991.
·       Chris Babcock, No Moon, No Milk!, Crown (New York, NY), 1993.
·       Dick King-Smith, Three TerribleTrins, Crown (New York, NY), 1994.
·       Tony Johnston, The Iguana Brothers,A Perfect Day, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1995.
·       Audrey Wood, The Flying Dragon Room, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1996.
·       Dick King-Smith, Mr. Potter's Pet, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1996.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1997.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton and Friends:Book Two, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1997.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton Forever, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1998.
·       Audrey Wood, Sweet Dream Pie, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1998.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton Everyday, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1998.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton in Fall, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1999.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton in Spring, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 1999.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton Has Fun, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2000.
·       Cynthia Rylant, Poppleton in Winter, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2001.
·       Cynthia Rylant, The Great Gracie Chace, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2001.
·       Shana Corey, First Graders fromMars: Episode One, Horus's Horrible Day, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2001.
·       Shana Corey, First Graders fromMars: Episode Two, The Problem with Pelly, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
·       Shana Corey, First Graders fromMars: Episode Three, Nergal and the Great Space Race, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
·       Shana Corey, First Graders fromMars: Episode Four, Tera, Star Student, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2003.
·       Anne Isaacs, Pancakes for Supper!, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2006.


·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs SayGoodnight?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2000.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs GetWell Soon?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2003.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs CleanTheir Rooms?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2004.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Countto Ten?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2004.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs EatTheir Food?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2005.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs LearnTheir Colors?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2006.
·       Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Playwith Their Friends?, Blue Sky Press (New York, NY), 2006.


Written and Illustrated by Mark Teague

Scholastic Inc.ISBN 978-0-439-91499-4 HC
32 Pages
Ages 4-8

While researching other books by Mark Teague, I came across this one and thought I would share it with you. It looks pretty funny to me and I am sure my granddaughters would giggle at the pictures. There is nothing more endearing and infectious than hearing a small child giggle.

This is the description for the book. Join Edward as he pitches in with the chores on his first visit to Hawthorne Farm – where the pigs play practical jokes, the sheep brush their teeth before heading out to graze, and the mice churn their own butter. 

It is a day that Edward will never forget – a funny day on a funny farm.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

MURMEL MURMEL MURMEL Written by Robert Munsch

MURMEL MURMEL MURMEL Written by Robert Munsch & Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Publisher: Annick Press Ltd.
Pages: 32
Ages: 2 and up

This is another one of those books that I do not remember where it came from. I do know that it has been here for a long time. I wonder if my daughters remember?

This story begins when Robin goes out to her backyard and finds a huge hole in her sandbox. She yells down the hole, " ANYBODY DOWN THERE?" Something calls back to her, "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel." She pulls out an adorable baby.

Robin quickly decides to find someone to take care of the baby because she is only five years old.

Off Robin goes on her quest to find someone to take care of this  little baby. Unfortunately she has trouble as she comes across one unlikely candidate after the other. She meets a women who is being chased by seventeen diaper sales men, an old woman with seventeen cats, a business woman surrounded by seventeen secretaries, nine messengers and a pizza delivery man.

Exasperated Robin sits down on the curb. She doesn't know what to do. She can't find the right person to take care of the baby. 

Then a truck driver walks up to Robin and looks at the baby. She asks him if needs a baby. The baby says, "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel." The truck driver decides he does need the baby and he walks off down the street with the baby in his arms.

Robin yells out to the truck driver - you forgot your truck. He replies that he already has seventeen trucks. "What I need is a baby . . . "

My granddaughters think the baby is so cute. They think the different characters in the story are silly and they are glad Robin finds a home for the baby. They also think Robin looks silly driving the great big truck.



  • (Teeny Witch Series) \Written by Liz Mathews & Illustrated by Carolyn Loh

Publisher: Troll Communications (January 1991)
  • Pages: 45
  • Ages:3-6

I can't remember exactly how old my granddaughters were when I first started reading to them but it is a bedtime ritual that can never be skipped. We don't just read at bedtime but it is our favorite way to end the day.

I love the fact that they love to sit and look at their books to have some quiet time or pretend to read to one another. 

When I take them out, they run to the book section grabbing books and throwing them in the kart. Before we leave the store, we go over to the books and narrow it down to five or less. 

My three year old Granddaughter picked this book out all by herself. She saw the picture of Teeny Witch on the cover, reminding me that she was a witch for Halloween and threw it in the kart. 

This story begins with Teeny Witch looking out the window at the rain. She is bored. What child hasn't been bored on a rainy day? 

Teeny has done everything there is to do in her house so her Aunt Icky suggests a trip to the Library.

Teeny Witch finds out there is so much more to do at the library than books and reading. She visits the Library's pet exhibit, the puppet show and of course she finds a couple of good books to read. 

My granddaughters relate this story. They have made many trips to the library with their Aunt and Great Grandma for preschooler activities. They make crafts, listen at story time, sing and participate in other activities.

When Teeny Witch got home, she found her Aunt Vicky and Aunt Ticky on the porch. You gotta get a kick out of the Aunts' names! They wanted to know where she had been on the awful rainy day. 

Teeny Witch smiled. "I saw a pet exhibit," said Teeny. "I saw a puppet show. I picked out three books all by myself. I rode on a horse named Lucky. Lucky and I even jumped over a fence."

Aunt Vicky and Aunt Ticky were more puzzled. They thought she just went to the Library.

"I did," laughed Teeny Witch. And she went into inside to read her new library book.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Author & Illustrrator Jonathon London


"My ideas for stories come from experience I've had, or from dreams or leap right out of my head - from my ever-active imagination," explains Jonathan London, who burst on the children's book scene in 1992 with the publication of three picture books. 

"There are worlds of possibility within our own imaginations from which we can create stories that can make someone want to cry or laugh, play a saxophone or make a snowman. This act of writing, for me, is a part of my celebration of life, a way to give back a little for all that I have been given. Kind of thanks."

Jonathan London started writing poetry in his late teens. Although he received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences and never formally studied literature or creative writing, he began to consider himself a "writer" about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor.

However, during this twenty-year period, London continued to write. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. "It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I became a writer for children," he explains. "It all started with telling them stories when they were very young. I wrote down one of these stories, and it became The Owl Who Became the Moon, my first picture book sale (though it was my fourth to appear in print). Now I am finally making a living as a writer. A dream come true!"


  • (With Joseph Bruchac) Thirteen Moons on Turtle's BackA Native American Year of Moons, illustrated by Thomas Locker, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 1992.
  • The Lion Who Had Asthma, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1992.
  • Froggy Gets Dressed, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1992.
  • Gray Fox, illustrated by Robert Sauber, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.
  • (With Lanny Pinola) Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale, illustrated by Sylvia Lang, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1993.
  • The Owl Who Became the Moon, illustrated by Ted Rand, Dutton (New York, NY), 1993.
  • Into This Night We Are Rising, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Viking (New York, NY), 1993.
  • Voices of the Wild, illustrated by Wayne McCloughlin, Crown (New York, NY), 1993.
  • The Eyes of Gray Wolf, illustrated by Jon Van Zyles, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1993.
  • Hip Cat (picture book), illustrated by Woodleigh Hubbard, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1993.
  • A Koala for Katie: An Adoption Story, illustrated by Cynthia Jabar, Albert Whitman (Morton Grove, IL), 1993.
  • Let's Go, Froggy!, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1994.
  • Liplap's Wish, illustrated by Sylvia Long, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1994.
  • Condor's Egg, illustrated by James Chaffee, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1994.
  • Honey Paw and Lightfoot, illustrated by Jon Van Zyles, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1994.
  • Froggy Learns to Swim, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1995.
  • The Sugaring-off Party, illustrated by Gilles Pelletier, Dutton (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Like Butter on Pancakes, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Viking (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Master Elk and the Mountain Lion, illustrated by Wayne McCloughlin, Crown (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Where's Home (young adult novel), Viking (New York, NY), 1995.
  • Jackrabbit, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray, Crown (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Froggy Goes to School, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.
  • The Village Basket Weaver, illustrated by George Crespo, Dutton (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Red Wolf Country, illustrated by Daniel San Souci, Dutton (New York, NY), 1996.
  • What Newt Could Do for Turtle, illustrated by Louise Voce, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.
  • Fireflies, Fireflies, Light My Way, illustrated by Linda Messier, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Let the Lynx Come In, illustrated by Patrick Benson, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.
  • I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me, illustrated by Peter Fiore, Viking (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Ali, Child of the Desert, illustrated by Ted Lewin, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Old Salt, Young Salt, illustrated by Todd L. W. Doney, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books (New York, NY), 1997.
  • If I Had a Horse, illustrated by Brooke Scudder, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1997.
  • Phantom of the Prairie: Year of the Black-footed Ferret, illustrated by Barbara Bash, Sierra Club Books for Children (San Francisco, CA), 1997.
  • Little Red Monkey, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Dutton (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Dream Weaver, illustrated by Rocco Baviera, Silver Whistle/Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.
  • Puddles, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Viking (New York, NY), 1997.
  • Moshi Moshi, illustrated by Yoshi Miyake, Millbrook Press (New York, NY), 1998.
  • At the Edge of the Forest, illustrated by Barbara Firth, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1998.
  • Froggy's First Kiss, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Hurricane!, illustrated by Henri Sorensen, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Tell Me a Story (autobiography), photographs by Sherry Shahan, Richard C. Owens (New York, NY), 1998.
  • The Candystore Man, illustrated by Malcolm Brown, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Ice Bear and Little Fox, illustrated by Daniel San Souci, Dutton (New York, NY), 1998.
  • Wiggle, Waggle, illustrated by Michael Rex, Silver Whistle/Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.
  • Froggy Plays Soccer, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.
  • Froggy's Halloween, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 1999.
  • Baby Whale's Journey, illustrated by Jon Van Zyles, Chronicle Books (Boston, MA), 1999.
  • Shawn and Keeper and the Birthday Party, illustrated by Renée Williams-Andriani, Dutton (New York, NY), 1999.
  • What Do You Love?, illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt, Harcourt Brace (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Snuggle Wuggle, illustrated by Michael Rex, Silver Whistle (San Diego, CA), 2000.
  • Who Bop, illustrated by Henry Cole, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Shawn and Keeper: Show and Tell, illustrated by Renée Williams-Andriani, Dutton (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Panther: Shadow of the Swamp, illustrated by Paul Morin, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2000.
  • Mustang Canyon, illustrated by Daniel Van Souci, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2000.
  • Froggy Goes to Bed, illustrataed by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Froggy Bakes a Cake, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY) 2000.
  • Froggy's Best Christmas, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2000.
  • Froggy Eats Out, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Froggy Takes a Bath, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.
  • (With Aaron London) White Water, illustrated by Jill Kastner, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Where the Big Fish Are, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001.
  • Sun Dance, Water Dance, illustrated by Greg Couch, Dutton (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Park Beat: Rhymin' Through the Seasons, illustrated by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Gone Again Ptarmigan, illustrated by Jon Van Zyle, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC), 2001.
  • Crocodile: Disappearing Dragon, illustrated by Paul Morin, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001.
  • Crunch Munch, illustrated by Michael Rex, Red Wagon Books (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear, illustrated by Margie Moore, Dutton (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Zack at School, illustrated by Jack Medoff, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
  • What the Animals Were Waiting For, illustrated by Paul Morin, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Loon Lake, illustrated by Susan Ford, Chronicle Books (San Francisco, CA), 2002.
  • Froggy Plays in the Band, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.
  • Froggy Goes to the Doctor, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2002.
  • When the Fireflies Come, illustrated by Terry Widener, Dutton (New York, NY), 2003.
  • Giving Thanks, illustrated by Gregory Manchess, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2003.
  • Froggy's Baby Sister, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2003.
  • "Eat!" Cried Little Pig, illustrated by Delphine Durand, Dutton (New York, NY), 2003.
  • Zack at the Dentist, illustrated by Jack Medoff, Scholastic (New York, NY), 2004.
  • Froggy's Day with Dad, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.
  • Sled Dogs Run, illustrated by Jon Van Zyle, Walker (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Froggy's Sleepover, illustrasted by Frank Remkiewicz, Viking (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Do Your ABC's, Little Brown Bear, illustrated by Margie Moore, Dutton (New York, NY), 2005.
  • A Truck Goes Rattley Bumpa, illustrated by Denis Roche, Holt (New York, NY), 2005.
  • Contributor of poems and short stories to periodicals, including Cricket, Us Kids, Child Life, and Short Story International. Also author of In a Season of Birds: Poems for Maureen, sometimes under the pseudonym Jonathan Sherwood.
  •  London's work has been translated into Spanish, German, Greek, Dutch, Danish, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. 
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"FROGGY'S BABY SISTER" Written by Jonathan London 
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz 

Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2003) 
Pages: 32
Ages:  2 to 6

Yes we love Froggy. And who doesn't love Babies? Right? Just look at her! She is just so cute.

Page 1

Froggy wakes up on this day hoping it is the big day. He flops - flop flop flop out to the kitchen . . . . 

Page 3

. . . where he finds his Mother. "Wow, Mom! said Froggy. "Your tummy is huge!" 

Page 4

He is excited! He wants   to have a baby brother. Froggy daydreams about all the things he can teach his little brother.

Finally it's time. Mom and Dad go to the hospital. Much to Froggy's disappointment, they return with a baby sister. "A girl? cried Froggy. "Yuck!" "Her name is Pollywogilina! said Mom. "But you can call her Polly for short."

Froggy's disappointment is short lived. As soon as Polly cries he gets excited to make her burgers and fries. Mom feeds Polly a bottle of cream of mush - slurp slurp slurp. 

Froggy is eager to help take care of Polly but he has to wait until her legs are all grown in and she loses her tail. Spring ends then summer. He wants to teach her so many different things but it is taking too long for Polly's legs to grow in. Surprise! Mom unwraps Polly and she has legs and her tail has fallen off. Yippe! Now can I take care of her?"

So Froggy and Polly go out to the yared to spend time together. Polly cries and her big brother shows her how to catch flies. She cries again and Froggy sniffs her diaper. "Yikes! cried Froggy, holding his nose. "Pollywogilina! You stink!" Oh my how this makes my granddaughters laugh. So Froggy changes his sister's diaper. He is so proud, he holds his little sister up to show his Mom when the diaper falls off and lands on the floor. "OOps!" cried Froggy, looking more red in the face than green. And my Granddaughters laugh out loud.

Later that night, Polly won't go to sleep and she calls out for her big brother. And Polly went to sleep in Froggy's arms.