Natural Science Humor Trilogy 

based on the frog prince fairy tale

illustrated by Judith Schachner

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THE PRINCE OF THE POND,

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS DE FAWG PIN

1992 Dutton (pb 1994 Puffin)

ISBN 0-525-44976-0

  • New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award 1997

  • one of the funniest children's books for the '90's SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • sleeper by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • nominated for Kansas State Reading Circle

  • 100 Best Children's Books 1992 of New York Public Library

  • Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Child Study CBC

  • starred review KIRKUS and BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • nominated Nutmeg Children’s Book Award

  • Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award Program

  • nominated Colorado Children's Book Award

  • book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table

  • 1995 Jostens Learning biology lesson based on the chapter "Tadpoles"

  • performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA

  • available in cassette through National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

  • Audiobook (ISBN 978-0525-5968)

  • in German (1995 Sauerländer DER PRINZ Vom TEICH ISBN 3-7941-3833-3; pb Sansibar ISBN 3-293-21022-8)

  • in Dutch (1997 Averbode DE KIKKERPRINS ISBN 90-317-1199-3)

  • in Chinese (1999 East & West Book Co. Ltd. ISBN 957-0339-01-2)

  • CD and cassette in Swiss German Dialect (Tudor Recording AG, Zurich DE PRINZ VOM TEICH CD: ISBN 3-03776-215-2; cassette: ISBN 3-03776-216-0)

  • performed as play at Media Theater, Media, PA, in October, 2004

  • a read aloud plan is found in CHILDREN'S BOOK CORNER: A READ-ALOUD RESOURCE WITH TIPS, TECHNIQUES, AND PLANS FOR TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND PARENTS, Grades 5-6

KIRKUS:

...charmingly whimsical....an astonishing amount of in-depth natural history cleverly enmeshed in its endearing, screwball charm

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JIMMY, THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE

​1995 Dutton (pb 1997 Puffin)

ISBN 0-525-45357-1

  • Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Child Study CBC

  • starred review SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

  • Junior Library Guild

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List, Vermont

  • book of the month Philadelphia Children's Reading Round Table

  • performed as play at Media Theater, Media, PA, in October, 2005

 

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...As engaging and unpredictable as its predecessor... balances the comic possibilities of Jimmy's struggles with his human form with his deeper feelings of loyalty, courage, and honor...

 

KIRKUS:

...enchanting story... it [blends] gentle, offbeat humor... with enough action and suspense to satisfy old fans and win new friends...

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

...lighthearted fantasy ... a quick read that juxtaposes biological facts about frogs with conventions of fairy tales...

 

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

...froggily eloquent voice... Readaloud-friendly chapters and accessible humor make this a solid classroom addition...

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GRACIE, THE PIXIE OF THE PUDDLE
2004 Dutton

ISBN 0-525-47264-9