Laura Lee's father works in the rainforest, and she gets to come along and meets a new friend - a cute little tree frog she names Co-kee. They play hide and seek around the tree, and Laura Lee has trouble letting her little froggy friend go when it is time to leave.
"Rainfrog" by Suzanne Gene Courtney is a sweet story of father and daughter, a tale that will help teach your child about loving the earth, and an assertion of childhood creativity. I am so glad that this author has begun the journey of authorship and hope she continues. What this book lacks though is overall polish. There are a couple minor punctiation errors (you probably wouldn't catch them unless you were an English major), and the layout of the book could be improved.There is also a tiny inconsistency at the begining of the book when it says they drank water out of a canteen, and Laura Lee is drinking out of a cup and straw.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 6 years old
Activities for Kids:
- Take a trip to your local nature center or other outdoor habitat and see what animals you can see.
- Make your own frog (this activity best for 3-5 year olds) Fold a paper plate in half and color the whole thing green (or whatever color you want your frog to be). Then cut out a tongue from craft foam or construction paper and glue on. Cut out two circle eyes, and glue half down so that the eyes stick up. Add a black dot onto the eyes.
- Make jumping frogs (this activity best for children 5+)
Cultural Diversity: The story only represents Laura Lee and her father. And of course the cute little rain frog Co-kee
Children's Book Review Rating: 3.5 Stars