For the last few days, we’ve introduced you to some of Carole P. Roman’s picture books. Today, I am pleased to provide a short review of the latest book in the “Captain No Beard” picture book series, “Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles”.
Title: Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles (A Captain No Beard Story) | Author: Carole P. Roman | Publication Date: January 7, 2015 | Publisher: Red Feather Publishing | Pages: 32 | Recommended Age: 3 to 10
Summary: Fribbet’s gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and crying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset, and it’s up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what’s wrong. Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination. Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.
My Rapid Review
My Thoughts: Captain No Beard and his crew are off on another adventure when they discover a crew mate is missing. Upon searching the ship high and low, they soon discover Fribbet the Frog huddled at the stern. With gentle urging from his friends, Fribbet confesses that he is frightened because some strange creatures have appeared in his home. Fribbet describes how the eggs hatched into some fish-like critters that eventually grew legs and become little froglets who were noisy and who played with his toys. Captain No Beard reassures Fribbet that the creatures are, in fact, his brothers and sisters whom he will grow to love and appreciate.
This lovely tale, told within the backdrop of imaginary play as pirates on a ship traveling the seas, has many important life lessons about friendship and family as well as a brief lesson on the life cycle of frogs. First, I loved the encouragement and support that Fribbet experienced from his friends. The friends each shared with Fribbet some of the things that frightened them to show him that feeling frightened is normal; thus providing a great example of how to support a friend. Second, I also appreciated the message about siblings and that, while they sure can be a pain when they play with our things or take things without asking or are just plain loud and inconsiderate, there is an incredible amount of love to give and receive between them. Third, there is a brief lesson about the life cycle of a frog beginning with the laying of eggs, followed by their hatching into tadpoles who eventually grow legs and transform into frogs. Fortunately, they left out the part where the tadpoles eat each other (which we discovered to our dismay when we grew tadpoles!)
I highly recommend this wonderful picture book featuring colorful, kid-friendly illustrations, important life lessons about friendship and family, and a brief introduction to the life cycle of the frog to children ages 3 to 10. This would make a great read aloud book to an early elementary classroom or library reading circle.
List of Books in the Series
- Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life
- Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience: A Captain No Beard Story
- Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story
- Captain No Beard: Strangers on the High Seas, Book 4 of the Captain No Beard Series
- The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story
- The Crew Goes Coconuts!: A Captain No Beard Story
- Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis
About The Author: Carole P. Roman
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. It has followed with four more books to the series. Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has also written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
She has just finished the first of six books in a groundbreaking new nonfiction series about culture around the world. “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.