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Frog and friends : best summer ever
Other title(s):
Best summer ever


Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, ©2012.
Physical Description:
45 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Number in series:
bk. 3.
Frog and Little Brown Bat -- Frog takes a vacation -- Frog and Starman.
Frog enjoys a summer with his friends as he compares himself to a bat, takes a vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him to see the night sky in a new way.
Reading Level:
Grades 1-2.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 63221.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 151187.

Accelerated Reader LG 2.1 .5.

Accelerated Reader 2.1.
Added Author:


Call Number
1-2 Bunting

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Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are - nice and peaceful. From acclaimed children's writer Eve Bunting comes a beginning reader series featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. In Best Summer Ever Frog compares himself to a bat, takes a much-needed vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him see the night sky in a new way.An author of more than 250 children's books, Eve Bunting has won numerous awards and honors. Her books include S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet. She lives in Pasadena, California.Josée Masse's children's books include Mirror, Mirror (selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2010). Josée lives near Montreal.

Author Notes

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969.

That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times.

Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-2-This beginning reader has a positive message and sweet lessons on being a good friend. In the first story, Frog and Little Brown Bat explore their similarities and differences. "We are the same and not the same." In the second, Frog's plan to take a vacation alone becomes a group holiday for him and all of his friends and "it was the best vacation ever." The third story features Frog and Starman, a mysterious figure who gives away stars to Frog and his friends, but of course the celestial objects stay up in the sky. To thank the Starman for the pleasing gifts, the friends sing him "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." The colorful, digital cartoons are wonderful and the connection between the story and the illustrations is fantastic. An excellent addition to any collection.-Kathy Buchsbaum, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In these three lighthearted, brief vignettes, Frog and friend Little Brown Bat compare their differences and similarities, Frog allows all his friends to join him on a vacation, and he's given his own star by a mysterious Starman. The stories are gently humorous, but they lack cohesiveness--and a real point. Masse's illustrations are brightly colored, cartoonlike, and appealing. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Frog and his friends are back (Frog and Friends, 2011) in another trio of early-reader tales, but this time they focus less on humor and problem solving and more on life lessons and manners. In the first story, Frog and Bat play a game, pointing out the ways in which they are different, though "not unkindly." There are compliments aplenty as the two discover that they have just as many similarities as differences. In the second story, Frog sets off for a vacation for some time alone to think. The trouble is, his friends all want to come along. Not wanting to be rude, Frog allows it, and it turns out to be the best vacation ever. In the final tale, Frog meets Starman, who gives away the stars in the sky (and teaches a few star facts in the process). Frog gathers all his friends, and they each pick out a star to be their very own, even though they have to stay in the sky. The hearty friendships are plenty evident, both in the text and in the expressive faces of Masse's characters, but with the book's emphasis on not hurting others' feelings and making sure all are included, this is definitely more didactic than the series opener. There are good lessons here, but here's hoping Bunting will deliver the next ones with a healthier helping of humor. (Early reader. 6-8)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Like the other Frog and Friends titles in the I Am a Reader! series, this installment features three small-scale adventures. In the first tale, Frog and Little Brown Bat compare and contrast their traits and characteristics, declaring that they do not have to be the same to be friends. In the second story, Frog goes on vacation, and one by one, his friends invite themselves along. In the final tale, Starman teaches Frog and his friends about the stars and lets each one pick a star of their own. Although Bunting's gentle lessons may not have the comedic punch of the previous titles, Masse's bright cartoon illustrations of the affable woodland creatures provide plenty of verve.--McKulski, Kristen Copyright 2010 Booklist