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Wide-Mouthed Frog

Wide Mouthed Frog

This story is so funny. There are many versions out there, but Ana Martin Larranaga’s is my favorite. Big Wide-Mouthed Frog approaches different animals and asks them, “Who are you and what do you eat?” He meets a kangaroo, koala, possum, emu, and crocodile. Of course, the last animal is the crocodile. Frog thinks he’s a brown log and when he asks crocodile his favorite questions Croc responds, “I’m a crocodile and I eat big, wide-mouthed frogs.” Frog hops away and the story ends. One of my storytimers suggested I change the ending to have Frog say, “I’m a big, wide-mouthed frog and I eat crocodiles.” So sometimes I say that instead!

Here’s a video with a puppet version:

Here’s a stick puppet craft to accompany the story. Copy the frogs on green paper and the crocodile on brown, then tape to craft sticks: Big Wide Mouthed Frog craft

For more flannel ideas check out Storytime Katie. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

3 comments on “Wide-Mouthed Frog

  1. Kathryn Roach
    October 25, 2013

    Love this book too. Your puppet props are so cute!

  2. Brytani Fraser
    October 29, 2013

    I just found your blog and I have to tell you that it’s incredibly helpful for me. I’m a new librarian so I love that you talk about your development over time and how you’ve acquired and adapted new skills. Sometimes I feel like I should be trying everything right now, but I know that it’s better to be grounded in some skills than wildly flailing from one technique to the next.

    Thanks a bunch for all you share!

    • mrsshaia
      October 29, 2013

      Thanks, Brytani. I’m glad I can help. You have plenty of time to try everything. Haha.

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