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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 In a warm-hearted story with a touch of the ridiculous about it, former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake tells of a happy friendship based on the success of a dancing frog. Left alone after her sailor husband is lost at sea Gertrude befriends George, a frog with a very special talent. George can dance and soon he and Gertrude are off on tour with George showcasing his amazing performing skills while Gertrude devotes her life to supporting him in his career. A gentle and tender story about friendship and happiness. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A Piece of Passion from Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke: We are delighted to bring this gorgeous little story onto our list, and even more thrilled to have Quentin join our author ranks. As one of the one of the most recognisable and well-loved author-illustrators in the world, this is a crowning moment for the Little Gems.
High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2017
Jellicle Cats by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins
William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee
The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake
George's Marvellous Experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake
My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley
Many Moons by Remi Courgeon
Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexanda McCall Smith
Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham
Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ordinary frog - he's a dancing frog set on saving her! Soon the duo are touring the world with their routine, spreading light and laughter - and carrying out the occasional rescue - wherever they go.
Wonderful, witty and wise, this classic Quentin Blake tale will warm hearts of the young and old alike in a gorgeous new full colour gift format. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
Suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+.
|Publication date:||15th February 2017|
|Publisher:||Barrington Stoke Ltd|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks|
In 2010 we had a special feature on Quentin Blake's writing and illustration - click here to find out more. Quentin Blake is one of Britain's best-loved and most successful author-illustrators, and was made the first Children's Laureate in 1999. He has won the Whitbread Award, the hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, been shortlisted for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award which rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world and has won the Kate Greenaway Medal among others. He was born in 1932 and has been drawing ever since he can remember. ...More About Quentin Blake