Project Description


Flora the Frog

by Shirley Isherwood
illustrated by Anna C. Leplar

This humorous and heartwarming book tells the story of how a young child’s disappointment gets turned around in a surprising way.

Flora is asked to be a frog in the class play, but she is dismayed. Frogs are green and fat, and she is afraid that everyone will laugh at her. When her mother and Aunt Jo make a frog costume for her, Flora promptly throws it up into a tree.

All day long she watches the frog’s hand, which is hanging off a branch, sway in the breeze. To make matters worse, later that day she lies to her mother that all her friends liked the costume.

Flora is troubled by her own behavior and angrily throws her ball over the backyard fence. When she goes to retrieve it, she makes a remarkable discovery. The ball has landed next to a pond where three frogs sit, sparkling with water drops. She watches the frogs and loves how they sparkle and leap. Slowly she realizes that being a frog in the play may not be so bad after all.

Shirley Isherwood shows young readers that a little imagination can make anything—even a fat, green frog—special and fun. Illustrator Anna C. Leplar’s joyous watercolors bring the appealing characters to life.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-223-1
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 x 12
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 43540
AR Reading Level: 3.3
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: K
F&P Grade: 2


“This pleasant picture book offers a child who takes responsibility for what she does and thinks through her problems. Leplar’s watercolors capture Flora’s many emotions while presenting a safe, comforting world where children are allowed to vent” ―Booklist

“Children will relate to Flora’s feelings, due in particular to the large, full-page pen-and-watercolor illustrations that wonderfully depict her emotions.” ―School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Shirley Isherwood has written numerous series for British television and has published many books for children, including The Band Over the Hill and Something for James. She lives in England.

Meet the Illustrator

Anna C. Leplar received her art degree from the Rushkin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England, and an art education degree from Reykjavik’s Art College in Iceland. She has illustrated a number of books for children, including Flora the Frog, The First Christmas andNoah’s Ark. She lives in Iceland.