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Prince of the Pond, The: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin: Reviewed

Author:Donna Jo Napoli
Illustrator:Judy Schachner
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 5 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 5 and up
Genre:fairy tale
Year of publication:1992

A deeply imaginative, if sad, deeper look at the story of the Frog Prince.

In this version, narrated by the frog who becomes the prince's wife while he is a frog, the prince gradually adapts to his watery environment and becomes content in his amphibian incarnation.

My daughter felt enormous empathy both for the narrator and for the frog-prince, both of whom learn a great deal and ultimately suffer greatly because of the changes the prince undergoes.

The line drawings make the physical differences and similarities between the naturally occurring frogs and the frog prince easier to understand.

-- Emily Berk

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