Pibbin, smallest of treefrogs, is desperate to get help get help for his injured turtle friend. It's a long journey to the doctor's house, and the other frogs tell him he's too small to go.
"You'll run into snakes and that giant bullfrog," they say. "Black Snapping Crabs will eat you."
Pibbin can't help wondering: Is he too small to be brave?
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A most delightful story for children of all ages.
What did you like about this audiobook?
I really enjoyed the way that the narrator had a different voice for each character and this brought each little animal to life in the story.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I am not going to be doing a study of frogs. However, I will be reading all the other Pibbin books in the series even though I am several decades past the age of a young child.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
Gloria Repp does an excellent job in presenting a story, be it for a child or an adult. I personally am not all that fond of frogs, but I found the story quite interesting, delightful, and even could see why some people do like frogs. Gloria skillfully develops the character of each little frog or other animal and one almost forgets she is reading about animals and not people. Gloria gives the little animals the same traits that are to be found in caring, loving, and helpful people. Pibbin was small and afraid to make the long journey to get help for the injured turtle but he was willing to make the trip because he wanted to help his friend. The story was made even better with the addition of the colorful drawings that were scattered throughout the book. I highly recommend this audiobook for any family has has young children. I had a print copy and followed along and for me it made the story even better. No illustrations in an audio book.
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the narrator's performance. Jon Repp did an excellent job in reading the book with a different voice for each character. I can see a child's eyes lighting up and a smile on his/her face when listening to this book being read by Jon.
I checked out the questions last night and then spent time writing my answers in Word so that I could check my spelling and grammar. Tonight when I went to post my answers, the questions had been changed. I am not going to do over so I am putting original question and my answer in each box.
Do you have any additional comments?
In my opinion, the question should be asking what the listener liked about the narrator's performance instead of asking what was wrong. Very negative way to approach a review.
- Deanna L Gottreu
Will PIbbin find the courage to help Sheera?
Never too small!
Pibbin is definitely the strongest character in this story and my favorite. Although tempted to stay home, take a ride to Silver Sea etc., once he realizes that Sheera, the turtle, is depending on him to allow her to get better/live, Pibbin does everything he can to help her. The journey may be perilous but he keeps moving towards the goal of getting those Sweetberry leaves from Doctor Diggitt, the woodchuck/groundhog and bringing them home.
Jon did an excellent job at narrating this book. He was easy to listen to, putting substance and good inflections into his reading. He changed his voice up for the different characters which definitely made it more interesting.
We listened to this as a family and the children laughed out loud several times :) Their favorite part is "Pibbin snatched up the club and banged it on the toad's head. He grabbed more mud and threw it in his face." (The naughty toad had not only stolen all the Sweetberry leaves from Dr. Diggitt's garden, he had also knocked out Leeper, Pibbin's companion and was now threatening PIbbin!)
At just over 1 hour in length this is just right for grabbing a child's attention - not too short and not too long. The story is fun with good lessons to be learned and one I know we will listen to again and again!
Just so you know we were given a copy in exchange for our honest review. These are our thoughts and we are not affiliated with the author in any way.
We HIGHLY recommended from our house to yours!