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Tadpole's Promise

Tadpole's Promise

'Where the willow meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes and fell in love.' Promise me that you will never change', the caterpillar says.' And foolishly, the tadpole promises. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781783445868
Barcode 9781783445868
Published 15 July 2018 by Andersen Press Ltd
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Willis, Jeanne
Illustrated by Ross, Tony
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ISBN-13 9781783445868
ISBN-10 1783445866
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd
Imprint Andersen Press Ltd
Publication Date 15 July 2018
International Publication Date 1 October 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Willis, Jeanne
Illustrated by Ross, Tony
Category General Picture Books
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 205mm
Height: 260mm
Spine: 4mm
Weight 170g
Interest Age 0-5 years
Reading Age 0-5 years
Library of Congress Butterflies - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction - Life cycles, Frogs - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction - Life cycles, Caterpillars, Metamorphosis
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 910568

Description of this Book

'Where the willow meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes and fell in love.' Promise me that you will never change', the caterpillar says.' And foolishly, the tadpole promises. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms - and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend? As he sits on his lily pad, digesting the butterfly he has just eaten, he little realises that now he will never know!

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Unforgettable. Guardian 'It's terrific.' -- Posy Simmonds Posy Simmonds Breaks the mould in form as well as content. The Sunday Times 'Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally, this tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely and amusingly on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolour cartoons depict the edge of the pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love... Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance.' The School Library Journal 'For nourishment of grammatical and contextual awareness, a perfect book for reading aloud is Tony Ross' and Jeanne Willis' wicked little love story - Tadpole's Promise. It starts eloquently and promisingly: Where the willow meets the water a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes... and fell in love. She was his beautiful rainbow and he was her shiny black pearl. But then the tadpole promises the caterpillar he will never change thus ensuring the most captive of reading audiences as they watch the inevitable changes that unfold. The final gasp-making twist (student teachers have shrieked!) is all the funnier for being juxtaposed against such poetic language.' -- Alison Kelly Books for Keeps
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jeanne Willis is one of our best-loved authors of children's books, and also writes for television and video companies. She has two children. Tony Ross is one of the top UK children's illustrators. His books are published all over the world. He lives in Cheshire.

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