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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Frannie and Frank soon learned to adjust to their new life after the divorce of their parents. Though it was difficult in the beginning, they were happy going back and forth between their parents' separate lily pad homes. Their tadpole friends who had divorced parents, teachers, and family members helped them deal with their problems and adjust to their new situation. Slowly life became normal and they spent time with their tadpole friends who were like them, which made it easy because they understood how difficult it was to live without both their parents. Freeda introduced them to her friend Samson who had a son named Jack. They all started to hang out together and did a lot of activities together. One day, Freeda told them that she and Samson were going to get married. Though Samson and Jack were of a different color, the wedding day was magical, and Frank and Frannie understood that what was inside mattered and not what was on the outside. How did Fred take it when the tadpoles break the news to him?
Freeda the Frog & Her New Blue Family by Nadine Haruni is the second book in the series, and in this story, readers see how the tadpoles adjust to their new life without their father, Fred, and also to their step-father, Samson, and step-brother, Jack. The book tackles a few topics like remarriage and color, exposing children to the concept of accepting people from all cultures, races, and color as the same and what actually matters is the person. The real-life situations in the story will help children deal with divorce and remarriage in a good way. The illustrations are heartwarming, just like the story, and Tina Modugno adds color and life to the book with her bright illustrations.
This series is definitely a must-have in family homes and school libraries where children can be helped to understand a sensitive and difficult subject without sounding complicated. The Discussion Questions at the end are good for young readers to reflect on their lives if they are in the same situation as Fred and Freeda. The exercises are fun and interactive and children will enjoy doing them in class along with other students.