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Book Review/Giveaway: Frog in the House by David Mather. Ends Aug 15th


About the Author: David Mather is the author of Frog in the House, his first book for children. He is also an archaeologist with the Minnesota Historical Society. He often works with sites being considered for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. A specialist in Environmental Archaeology, he is most interested in past relationships between people, animals, plants, and the land. His writing has also appeared in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and The Minnesota Archaeologist. David lives near theMississippi River inSt. Paul with his wife, daughter, and the occasional froggy visitor.


Frog in the House by David Mather. Illustrations by Stephanie Mirocha.


About the Book: What child hasn’t longed to bring a wild creature into the family home and keep it as a pet? This book helps children understand why that’s not a good idea.

The story begins with a wild treefrog living happily in the plants on a family’s porch. Told from the frog’s perspective, the narrative portrays his discomfort when he is mistakenly brought inside in the fall. In the happy ending, the family returns the frog to the outdoors where he can hibernate, and the child in the family looks forward to listening for the frog’s song in the spring.

Rich watercolor illustrations contrast the frog’s natural habitat with his indoor plight. A full page of nature facts at the end of the book explains the life cycle of amphibians and contains little-known facts about tree frogs.

My Review: A man made a little pond in his yard for a tree frog but one thing he didn’t know is that a tree frog love to climb trees and live in the brushes. The tree frog hopped and climbed unto a tree but this tree wasn’t growing in the ground but in a pot on a porch. The tree frog was climbed it because it was hungry. Then he saw a woman and a girl watering the plant, they keep the plant nice and damp. He liked the strange plants because there was a lot to eat. Then he notices that the woman was carrying the plants inside the house. Life in the house was strange; he no longer could hear the other frogs or birds singing and the he was hungry as there were fewer bugs. The tree frog needed to be outside to hibernate.

Like some wild animals, tree frogs don’t make good pets. A great artwork by the illustrator Stephanie Mirocha which helps tells the story. The last page gives facts about the tree frogs.

Ages: 4 and up

Pages: 32

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.



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Giveaway Ends August 15th.

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Winner is #8 – Kris





July 14, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , ,


  1. This book is exactly what my daughter needs to read she is always trying to bring in and save something from our backyard!

    Comment by Melissa L | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  2. This sounds like it would be a great book for my little nature lover. Frogs are fun!

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  3. This would be perfect for our frog unit in my kindergarten classroom.


    Comment by MJ | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  4. This would be a great book to read to my son. He wants to bring every single animal into the house to live with us.

    Comment by Julie Rupert | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  5. I have an 8 year old granddaugher that would love Frog in the House. Last week she found small toads at the cabin (50 miles north of the Twin Cities) and loves nature. Thank you for the opportunity to win and review.

    Comment by mncruise | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  6. I love learning about new books to share with my Kindergarteners! They love learning about creatures they find outside! I’d love to win this!

    Comment by Kelly Beam Brown | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  7. This book is a wonderful way for kids to learn about tree frogs. I would love to win this for my grandson.

    Comment by Patsy Hagen | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  8. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    Comment by Kris | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  9. My kids BOTH need to read this book and have it read to them numerous times so it sticks in. My daughter will have creatures in her pockets and “forget” to take them out and I find remains in the washing machine. My son will hold the frogs or lizards in his palm and walk around with them in the house. Then when I ask what he has in his hands he opens them and sometimes the creatures will get away and sometimes they were not so lucky. Thanks for the giveaway Ella.
    your1chef at aol dot com

    Comment by Christine A. | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  10. I’ve long felt that while there are many awesome animals on our planet, very few of them make good pets. This book sounds like it does a good job of showing that.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | July 14, 2012 | Reply

  11. This book is a good educational tool to teach child how natures animals should stay in nature. My Grandson loves to be read to and he does not even realize at 4 years old that he is learning important information. Thank you for the chance.
    🙂 Jeanne B.T.

    Comment by Jeanne B.T. | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  12. Congrats on the release of Frog In The House. Sounds like a delightful read for some of my grandsons. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  13. This seems like a great book! I hope I get the opportunity to view it! It will be a perfect fit for my first grade classroom!

    Comment by Jessica | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  14. What a great sounding book!! My son loves books about animals. I am sad that one day I will have to “clean” his collection. How many book shelves can 1 boy have?? According to Isak, not enough!

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Mel Bourn | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  15. What a great introduction to ecology & the environment!
    My grandkids are often trying to make nice ‘homes’ for bugs, and this would be an entertaining way to explain why some creatures need to live outdoors.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | July 15, 2012 | Reply

  16. This sounds like a wonderful book. I am glad that is makes a point to teach children that animals have their own special homes, just like people do. It would make it easier to explain to my boys when they want to bring one of their new found animal creature friends into the house.

    Comment by Maryann | July 16, 2012 | Reply

  17. My nieces will LOVE this! They are always asking me where certain “critters” live.

    Comment by Amanda Ray | July 16, 2012 | Reply

  18. This sounds like a neat story that I can imagine kids would really enjoy. My kids love to learn about animals and nature, so they’d love this along with the facts in the back of the book! 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | July 25, 2012 | Reply

  19. This is a wonderful way for children to learn about frogs and the outdoors.
    Reading is so important for our children to learn and grow. Wonderful book!~~~

    Comment by Cheryl Reinhardt | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  20. These books would be great to share with my students

    Comment by Diane Baum | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  21. I like the cover of this book!

    Comment by Ed Nemmers | August 14, 2012 | Reply

  22. Sounds like a great book. My kids would love it!!

    Comment by Brenda Elsner | August 15, 2012 | Reply

  23. My grandson thinks he is a frog. Hopping around all the time. I would love to read this book to him.

    Comment by Ann Council | August 15, 2012 | Reply

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