Inside: Book review of Peter Easter Frog
I just bought the sweetest book for my almost 5-year-old granddaughter. I’m pretty certain she’s going to love it!
Title: Peter Easter Frog
Author: Erin Dealey
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2021
The story begins with a cute little Easter frog.
He’s merrily hopping down the road when he bumps into his friend, Turtle.
Turtle, of course, questions Frog’s antics.
But Frog has a wonderful comeback. He can hop, he loves Easter, and perhaps the Easter Bunny shouldn’t be hogging all the fun.
So Frog continues on his merry way with the now helpful Turtle in tow.
Peter Frog then meets Easter Cow, Dog and Chipmunk who all decide that hiding Easter eggs with Peter Frog is a grand idea.
Until … they meet the Easter Bunny, who is not initially too happy with the animals’ Easter shenanigans.
But Peter Frog is not to be dissuaded and he quickly finds a way into the Easter Bunny’s heart.
What I Thought:
I was immediately charmed by this delightful Easter tale. It’s kind, funny and quirky, and the soft, pastel-coloured illustrations lend the perfect spring-time vibe.
The text has a bouncy rhythm that pairs perfectly with the hoppity Peter Frog. I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the book and thought the ending was absolutely perfect!
Some people might think the book is more suited for the pre-school crowd, but I think it’s very suitable for Kindergarten and first grade students, as well. Keep reading for some ways I’d use the book in an early primary classroom.
- Predictions: As you read the book aloud to your students, pause every now and then and ask them to predict what will happen next. Which animal do you think they’ll bump into? Do you think that animal will join in the fun? Be sure to predict what will happen when the animals meet the Easter Bunny.
- Discuss: What did you think of the ending? Was that the best solution? What do you think was the author’s big message?
- Round Up the Rhymes: Read the story again only this time focus on the rhyming words and create a chart of rhymes. Break students into pairs or small groups and challenge them to think of and print more rhyming words to go along with the ones on the chart. This is great word work practice!
- Made Up Words: Erin Dealey has used a variety of fun words like skippity, clippity, sniffity and more. Challenge the kids to make up some similar words, such as walkity, hide-ity, runnity … you get the idea.
- Drawings: Invite your students to create a drawing of their own animal(s) hiding Easter eggs. They would look wonderful done up in watercolour or chalk pastels.
- Writing: Ask everyone to print a sentence using two rhyming words (refer to the chart above) OR at least one fun word (like the ones in #4). E.g., “Ladybug danced on the rug while hiding her pinkity Easter eggs.”
- Printables: Erin Dealey has four fun activity sheets you can instantly download.
I hope you enjoy this lovely new Easter book as much as I did and that the activity suggestions are useful.
Happy reading and have a wonderful day!
PS You can see all my Easter posts here.