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. Volume XVI Number 8. . . .October 23, 2009
The world Wang has created in her picture book, Froggy, is sure to charm readers of all ages. Evergreen Island’s characters are without exception both colourful and interesting. Readers are introduced to Froggy as he is sitting on a rock by the pond “……observing and admiring each passing creature’s style.” Froggy is unsatisfied with himself and wishes “……to be a better creature in every way” and to be more like, for example, Lion, who has a loud, clear voice, or Ox, who possess great strength. Though Froggy’s mother reassures him that he is both kind and smart, Froggy replies that he isn’t as smart as Magician Lee.
When Froggy tells Magician Lee what he admires most about all of the other animals in Evergreen Island, the Magician, with a wink, promises to change him into exactly what he asks for. Readers will enjoy Froggy’s journey to finding happiness in his own skin.
Wang is the author of several self-published children’s books. A former teacher, her website states that her passion is to create children’s stories that contain social and cultural issues with humorous touches that make reading fun. This is accomplished when Froggy learns to embrace the qualities that make him special without the lesson being didactic.
Let’s hope Evergreen Island’s other characters make appearances in future stories, I’m sure they have wonderful tales of their own to tell.
Chris Laurie is a Youth Services Librarian at the Winnipeg Public Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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