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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press; New Ed edition (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842704265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842704264
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unforgettable." (Guardian)

"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)

"'It's terrific.'" (Posy Simmonds Posy Simmonds)

"'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)

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The award-winning, unpredictable picture book from this best-selling author/artist team now available for the first time in paperback.

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By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
As a teacher I have to pick new books each year for my class of 3-4 year olds. As I stood in the library van reading through books I just had to laugh out loud at this one - and thank my lucky stars that I am in a job where I get paid to read such books! I couldn't wait to get back to show this to all the adults in the room. Everyone expects a sloppy, happy ending & that's why it's so good. Any one with a sense of humour should love this book. The children love the 'nasty' surprise too. Excellent book
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This was a present for my little one and I dug it out to read to him in conjunction with the "Spring" theme his class is looking at at nursery.

I'm glad I read it first as I WON'T be reading it to him anytime soon.

If you have a sensitive, emotional little child like I have I wouldn't recommend the book. If however your son or daughter has a gorier, more mature sense of humour then this would be appropriate.

Not for us.
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I read this book to my Reception class as part of our 'change' topic and promptly passed it around the school! It has lovely illustrations and a very sweet story with a great surprise at the end. It's a mini-tragedy, but the children adored it and keep begging for me to read it again. I would highly recommend it!
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I have to say this book surprised my wife and I as much as our two year old when we first read it to her. It's now tucked safely under the bed until she's a little older, by which time she'll doubtless appreciate the humour in this gory little story. That said, if you're not sure how to introduce themes of death and predation to your little one then this is the book for you.
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Yes it is a lovely book but the fact that one of the main characters gets eaten at the end could be a bit traumatic for a sensitive child.
I suppose older children may find it funny. I was reading it to a 2 year old and found it came as a blow to me when the caterpillar/butterfly was eaten by her unbeknown to the frog who had loved his 'caterpillar rainbow.
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I have read this book many times with children ranging in age from 4 to 11, and unlike other reviewers, I have not had any problems with the children being upset. On the contrary, they have all loved the surprise ending. It reflects real life (well, the ending does!)and so there is a serious point within the humour. Maybe it warns us about being over anthropomorphistic (is that a word? You know what I mean...) in the first place. Brilliant. Refreshingly funny and honest.
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Possibly my favourite picture book ever. Up there with Anthony Browne's best. There is a superb twist at the end of this story, which, if your kids have not heard of this book, will get them gasping with incredulity. Very amusing but with a strong moral tale and very debatable angle that we are all dominated by our natural tendencies nurtured over the millennia. If you are teaching life cycles and metamorphosis this book also provides a literary aspect to the science.
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I starting reading this to my Year 1/2 class expecting a lovely story on the recommendation of the Year 1 teacher. But when I got to the end I was shocked and quite sad. I would not recommend this story for young children as picture books should be heart-warming or funny. I think the year 1 teacher thought I would think it was funny but I did not! And my children did not either.
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