Author/Illustrator: David Weisner
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1991
Awards: Caldecott Medal
Genre: wordless picture book
Audience: Gr. K-4
Overview: This wordless picture book is dependent upon the illustrations to tell the story. It begins on a Tuesday and the very creative and detailed pictures show a group of frogs on their lily pads that rise up and float through the air. Throughout the night, the frogs explore nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep. The next day, the townspeople can’t figure out why there are lily pads all over the streets. No one saw the frogs flying, because it happened during the late hours of the night. The next Tuesday night, pigs begin to fly and take on a similar journey.
Activity: After reading the book, children can get into groups and come up with their own version of the story and make words for what is happening throughout. The stories can be shared with the entire class to see the different ideas groups came up with.
Reviewer’s Name: Laura Rickus
Posted by Dr. Deb L. Marciano at 3/08/2007