City Dog, Country Frog

City Dog, Country Frog

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In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. "You'll do," Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Mo Willems' spare, poignant text and Jon J. Muth's expressive watercolors team up to tell a story that will resonate with readers of all ages.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 259 x 262 x 11mm | 562g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1423103009
  • 9781423103004
  • 92,085

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It's spring vacation for City Dog, and he joyfully heads across the country meadow, unleashed. Down by the water, he makes a new friend, and Country Frog teaches him some games-jumping, splashing, croaking. Come summer, City Dog returns and this time takes the lead-sniffing, fetching, barking. In the fall, Country Frog is tired, and the two are content to simply rest and reminisce on Frog's rock. Winter comes, and so does City Dog, but "Country Frog was not there." Spring comes again, and...let's just say that this is not a book about hibernation. The text of the rhythmic, almost circular story is brief and quietly declarative, few words stretching to even three syllables, and calmly centered in the middle of the white left-hand pages while Muth's watercolors fill the right. These are expansively glorious evocations of each season's rural splendors, with the homelier figures of our heroes providing an empathetic link to the landscape. The ending, in which City Dog finds a new friend, is bittersweet; a tough lesson gently put. Horn Book"
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About Mo Willems

Mo Willems ( is New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of picture books and early readers that have changed the face of children's literature. He has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, and two of his Elephant and Piggie early readers have received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. His most recent picture book is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, of which Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books wrote: "Willems continues to be a master at conveying an amazing amount of emotion and humor using . . . minimal elements" in a starred review. This is the first book he has written and not illustrated. Jon J Muth is the author and artist of the New York Times best-seller and Caldecott Honor book, Zen Shorts. He has illustrated many award-winning books, including another New York Times best-seller, A Family of Poems, by Caroline Kennedy He is also the writer and illustrator of The Three Questions, which the New York Times called "quietly life changing."
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7,050 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 46% (3,276)
4 31% (2,169)
3 17% (1,210)
2 4% (312)
1 1% (83)
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