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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681370965
Pages: 40
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

The Frog in the Well

by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

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Once upon a time there was a frog who lived at the bottom of a well. The well was the frog’s whole world, until the day the well ran dry and the bugs began to disappear. What was happening to the world, the frog wondered, and what could he do? The hungry frog decided he must hop to the top of the well to see what he could of the end of the world. Conquering his fear, he peered out, and what did he see? Trees, flowers, meadows, marshes, and all kinds of end-of-the-world creatures! Entranced, the little frog ventured forth to find out more about the world outside his own. Based on a classic Chinese fable, and written and illustrated by the Caldecott-winning Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin, The Frog in the Well is a charming tale of one brave frog and his journey into wisdom. 

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Duvoisin’s richly hued illustrations do a good job of capturing the frog’s personality—as the original Horn Book review put it, he is ‘mobile in expression and lively in action’—as well as the beauty of the natural world.
—Martha V. Parravano, The Horn Book

The Frog in the Well might be my favorite Duvoisin, ever... Each and every character is drawn with incredible kindness and reverence.
Vintage Children’s Books My Kids Love Blog

A beautiful has a gentle calmness in the pace and message of the story.
The Art Room Plant Blog

It is always a pleasure to read and review one of the late Roger Duvoisin’s finest children’s book, including his exceptionally-sketched illustrations... Duvoisin has left a legacy of scores of books, and illustrations in his own as well as other authors’ books... Readers cannot help but take to his illustrations of large eyes, expressive faces, and friendship in action.
—J. A. Kaszuba Locke, BookLoons