Ford Street, 2020
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Murphy the tadpole likes his life just the way it is – swimming in his weedy pond, slurping up algae and rotting water plants. In fact he wouldn’t change a thing. But then things do begin to change – two bumps appear next to his tail and no matter what he does he can’t get rid of them. But as they develop into legs he finds his life is that much better and so he’s happy with the new Murphy. Until things begin to change again… and again. And the twist in the ending is unexpected and delightful.
With its soft palette and expressive illustrations, this is a charming book for young readers that shows the development of a tadpole into a frog, while, at the same time, gently exploring how unexpected changes in life can become positives rather than negatives. While Murphy was at first fearful of the changes happening to him, with no control over them he has to accept them and get on with it. Perhaps some of our students are experiencing change through a new school or other life-changing event, especially given the fires and floods of this summer, and finding it confronting and need some guidance to search for and find the silver lining.
More than just another book of many about the transformation of frogs.
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