Tadpole’s Promise by Tony Ross and A Froggy Fable by John Lechner

Tadpole's Promise by Tony RossText-to-text connections with these two books about frogs make a great pairing to show examples of  fable and have a great discussion about accepting change.

Students have fun and are a little shocked with the ending of Tadpole’s Promise.  I like thinking this book is about what happens when we are not prepared for change or when we are not educated about our future.  It’s a good one to use with fifth grade before they go on to middle school. 

A Froggy Fable by John LechnerA Froggy Fable is also a good book to discuss change.  In this book, a frog is unhappy about the changes going on in and around his pond until one day he is captured and removed from his pond.  When he finally gets back to it, he appreciates it so much that he draws the conclusion that he likes the changes.

Idioms:   Absence makes the heart grow fonder.   How does this idiom relate to the characters in these stories?

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