3 out of 4 stars
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The Adventures of Fiona the Frog by S. Jones is a short children’s picture book about Fiona, a frog who wants to explore the world. Even though Fiona is a frog, she doesn’t want to spend her whole life in the same pond. She dreams of traveling the world and seeing new places. One day, she sets out on a journey to explore a nearby mountain, where she enjoys the surprises she finds!
This is a fun, simple story about Fiona’s adventure. I enjoyed how the author incorporated a little lesson by showing how Fiona felt left out and unsupported when the other animals in the pond didn’t think she should be out exploring because she is a frog. I also enjoyed the fun, fantastical elements the author added while Fiona was exploring the mountain.
Although there were good elements in the book, I thought that the plot could have been more exciting, especially the ending. I expected Fiona to return to the pond and tell the other animals about her adventures. This would have concluded the lesson by showing that the other animals then believed that Fiona could achieve her dreams. However, the book just ends at the end of the day, and the animals who discouraged her are not addressed again.
Finally, I thought that the book appeared to be fairly professional. The drawings were cute and helped me empathize with Fiona. In addition, the writing was fun and appropriate for beginning readers. However, the back cover of the book included multiple grammatical mistakes within the short summary of the book. This was very confusing considering that I didn’t find any issues in the book itself.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the story, illustrations, and lesson, but I wish that the ending had provided more closure, and the back cover lacked the professionalism demonstrated by the rest of the book. I would recommend this book to parents of children ages five to nine, though early readers may need some help. This would be great for kids with big dreams who may have faced naysayers.
The adventure of fiona the frog
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