In the Small, Small Pond

by Denise Fleming

"In the small, small pond / wiggle, jiggle, tadpoles wriggle / waddle, wade, geese... read more

"In the small, small pond / wiggle, jiggle, tadpoles wriggle / waddle, wade, geese parade..." There's a lot of activity in and around the small pond, beginning with a child at water's edge who's trying to catch a frog. Each page follows the pattern of offering two deliciously onomatopoeic words, followed by a single critter's corresponding activity. The words truly become part of the visual story as well, as large typeface playfully bounces around the page, echoing the activity it describes. Larger-than-life paintings, filled with color and energy and humor, extend and enhance the sense of life and wonder in an underwater world. Winner, 1993 CCBC Caldecott Award Discussion. (Ages 18 months-3 years)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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