Schema: Frogs, ponds
Inferring: What a fantastic book to use when teaching inferences! Almost wordless, except for the, “ah ha’s,” the reader must infer the story and the tone of each “ah ha” by looking at the illustrations.
“Aahh!” infers pure happiness and joy as the little frog sits on a rock in the pond. Next a child captures the frog in a jar as a dog grins a happy “Ah Ha!” as it gotcha!
The frog is shown yelling “aahh!” as the boy pours him out of the jar. I infer the frog is a little frightened at this point.
Frog sighs with relief, “ah ha!” as he climbs on the back of a turtle, and the reader can infer that the frog may be thinking he is on a rock like in the beginning of the story.
The turtle pops his head out of the water with an “ah ha!” that may mean dinner!
Frog escapes with an, “aaahh!” before he’s eaten by the turtle.
Frog happily lands on what he infers to be a log with a relieved, “ah ha!” only to find he is on the back of an alligator who is thinking, “ah ha!” We can infer the alligator is thinking about a snack.
Just before the alligator’s teeth snap shut on the frog, he jumps away with an, “aahh!” of fear.
At this point, even the youngest reader is inferring that what the frog lands on is not a blade of grass. Maybe it’s a snake? But no, now he’s landed on the leg of a hungry flamingo whose beak is open with a yummy, “ah ha!” The frog is too quick for the flamingo as he jumps away just in time for the flamingo to bite his own leg with a painful, “aahh!” As three predators chase the frog, he once again finds himself inside the child’s jar, but we can infer he’s not too unhappy about it since he’s being saved from the turtle, flamingo, and the alligator. The child exclaims an excited “ah ha!” as he admires his catch in the jar. As the child is walking away with the frog in the jar, frog says, “ha ha” to his predators. Can we infer taunting?
The lid falls off of the jar as the child is walking so the frog says “ah ha,” as he finds his freedom once more, and says a relaxing, “aahh!” as he lounges in the pond once again.