Belle Yang created a tale about three mates who grow up together:  Foo Frog, Sue-Lin Salamander, and Mao-Mao Mudpuppy.  In Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond, the three played and played together, all starting out at the same size.  Foo Frog begins to grow bigger and bigger each day.  He brags about himself.  He’s “the biggest animal in the whole wide world.”  The two friends grow tired of the bragging, but still care about their friend.  Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond

One day, as Foo Frog puffs himself up, Foo takes a journey with the wind.  He still perceives himself to be the biggest until he almost becomes prey to three larger animals.  In the end, Foo Frog lands back in the pond, feeling sorry for himself.  His friends come along and give him a different perspective.

This book is another good read to talk about friendships.  It deals with getting along and being considerate of others.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond:

  • Grabber Lead /Magic of 3 – “They began life on the very same day in the very same spot on the banks of Washtub Pond.  they also began life the very same size.”
  • Onomatopoeia – “Waaah!” screamed Foo.
  • Friendship – working out differences, not being boastful
  • Synthesize – perspective; two sides to every story
  • Science – species, comparing sizes, viewpoint; Pigs, donkeys, water buffalo, goats, and horses dotted the meadow below him.  “Hnh,”  foo snorted.  “The animals of the world are no bigger than tadpoles and gnats.  I am in deep the biggest creature in the whole wide —

(Warsaw Public Library)


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