This book was read to me in the fourth grade and I always remembered it. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I wanted to read it to her. Since she is too young to understand, I read it to her Daddy instead and he loved it too! Sweet story and great artwork included.
I have read this story to my third grade classes for 14 years and the kids love it and often say, "This is the best book ever!" I do paraphrase a few sections in chapter 5 as I'm reading when it talks about mating. My class loves it when I use silly voices for the different characters, especially "De Fawg Pin". This book is very entertaining and also filled with non-fiction information about frogs, which goes perfect with my frog themed classroom. My readers are hooked and can't wait to read the next two books in the trilogy.
I LOVED this book as a child. It has stuck with me over the years and it is one I will always remember and recommend. I remember laughing so much, while my teacher read it to us. I couldn't wait to hear him read it each day!
I do, however, want to point out two things that a parent should be aware of about this book. 1) The ending of the story is not what I would call a happy ending. It is a bit of a harsh reality type ending. 2) Napoli is factual and detailed when describing the realities of frog life...including the making of tadpoles.
Regardless, my third grade teacher read it to my class and we were able to handle it and enjoy it. :)