Thursday, March 03, 2005


for Finklehopper Frog!

My friend Irene Livingston has just published her second Finklehopper book. Finklehopper is a friendly frog. He is bubbling with optimism and insecurity (like most of us). In her first book, Finklehopper Frog, Irene tells the story of Finklehopper learning to jog. He loves it, but feels awful when Yowlareen the Cat and Itchy Flea the Dog tease him about his exercise outfit and his unconventional running style. His friend Ruby Rabbit helps him understand that hopping is just as joyous as jogging. Finklehopper Frog was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, a Children's Book Council Children's Choice Award for 2004 and is a Scholastic NY Selection.

In the new book, Finklehopper Frog Cheers, it's Fink's turn to help Ruby. Finklehopper gets over his anxiety about going to the picnic and encourages Ruby to hop in a race against the powerful and speedy Sue Kangaroo.

Irene's rhythm and rhyme make these stories addictive to read aloud. And she knows how to encourage and inspire with humour and zest. Story and spirit come first, never sacrificed to the message they convey.

If you have someone in your life who is 1-7 years old, get both books and read them. If you don't, read these books to the part of yourself that still needs to hop and laugh and wear a pork pie hat and have a pizza picnic delivered by a stork served next to two picnicking earthworms in a park by the water.

Finklehopper Frog Cheers is at Vancouver KidsBooks now, and selling fast. Get your copy right away!

HOOOOOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY Irene! (I love Finklehopper - thanks for sending me my very own copy of the new book.)

Question: hopped lately?

mompoet - not the kangaroo, in case you were wondering

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