I'm a Frog! An Elephant & Piggie Book

Unlikely friends play pretend in straightforward story.

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Educational value

Explains the concept of pretending to kids who probably do it often already but don't necessarily have a name for it. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling.

Positive messages

Pretend play is at the center of the story, which is especially important for the very young. And, as Elephant grasps the idea of pretend play, he doesn't just follow what Piggie does -- he contributes his own ideas.

Positive role models

Piggie and Elephant are good, caring friends in all their stories. Here, their interaction is on a pretty simple level, but through pretend play they respect each other's differences.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that I'm a Frog is another spirited installment in Mo Willems' award-winning Elephant & Piggie series for beginning readers. One of the more straightforward books of the series, it explores a simple game of pretend play, delving less deeply than usual into the two mismatched characters' endearing friendship. Still, after Piggie patiently explains what pretending is, Elephant doesn't just follow along with what his friend does -- he contributes his own ideas. As in the other Elephant & Piggie books, the story's told in conversation bubbles and in the exaggerated expressions of the animal characters, making it easy for parents of kids with social delays to explore conversation tools and feelings.

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What's the story?

Elephant's pretty worried. Here's his friend Piggie, hopping all over the place shouting, "Ribbit! ribbit!" and insisting he's really a frog. What if Elephant becomes a frog, too? When Piggie stops his hopping long enough to explain his game of pretend, he wants Elephant to start shouting, "Ribbit!" along with him. But Elephant has his own ideas.

Is it any good?


Although I'M A FROG doesn't have the creative oomph of Let's Go for a Drive! or the wonderful cleverness of We Are in a Book!, there's no passing up the fun of sitting down with kids to read a new-to-them Elephant & Piggie book. Expect more high-energy entertainment: hopping, more hopping, nervous pachyderm sweating, and quite a spirited round of "No, I can't!" and "Yes, you can!" All of Piggie's exaggerated enthusiasm in I'm a Frog makes a joyous contrast to Elephant's equally exaggerated worry. And, as always, there's a nice surprise at the end: Elephant will join in Piggie's game -- but in his own way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about pretending. What do you like to pretend to be? An animal or a person with a special job, such as a firefighter? Piggie mentions that yes, grown-ups pretend, too. Parents -- is this true?

  • Which Elephant & Piggie book is your favorite? Why?


  • Did you guess the ending? Why can't Gerald be a frog? Do you like to play what your friends play or put in your own ideas?

Book details

Author:Mo Willems
Illustrator:Mo Willems
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:October 15, 2013
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:4 - 8
Available on:Hardback

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