Frogs Can Fly

Children - Grade K-3rd
26 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

There’s more than one way to fly. You can be a bird or a plane and soar through the sky. Or, you can be someone really special and do something really amazing, and then your spirit will be soaring high. Lulu is a young frog. She loves the mornings when she can lie on a log sunning herself next to Mama. She always has lots of questions for Mama, but one day, quite concerned, she asks Mama, “Why is it that I have no fur? Why can’t I fly into the sky or run fast? Why can’t I climb a tree? Why aren’t I pretty or special?” Mama is wise in her chosen words, but it’s Lulu that has to come to terms with how special and beautiful she is. When one of her friends is in trouble, Lulu is the only one who can help and it’s not by having fur or running fast or flying high in the sky.

Kristy Jo Volchko’s picture book story, Frogs Can Fly, is a charming look at differences and how each of our differences make us special, unique and, yes, beautiful. Whilst we all have that urge, on occasion, to want to be something that we’re not, to be like the person next door or down the street, sometimes it takes a real challenge that only we can address to make us realize that what we have is more than enough and that we should love ourselves for who we are. The plot develops with ease as Lulu spends time alternately with her mother asking questions and with her many friends playing in and around the pond. The illustrations are spectacular, bold and brilliant and these certainly help carry the story along. Told with love and compassion in a way that will make young readers understand how truly special and beautiful we all are, even if we can’t fly or run fast.

Rosie Malezer

Frogs Can Fly is an inspirational illustrated children's book written by Kristy Jo Volchko and illustrated by Yorris Handoko. A young frog named Lulu and her mother lie on a moss-covered rock by their pond, soaking in the sun each day. As she watched her other animal friends flying, digging, and enjoying their own unique types of playtime nearby, Lulu asked her mother a myriad of questions about life, hoping to ascertain when she would also be able to do those same things. As Lulu realizes that she will never be able to do all the other wonderful things that her animal friends do, she passed herself off as useless, having no special talents which could ever measure up. But when one of her animal friends falls into the pond during a storm and starts to drown, Lulu quickly realizes her own self-worth as, without any hesitation, she saves the day.

The concept behind this wonderful and unique story brought a smile to my face, as I am sure it will to so many other readers. Kristy Jo Volchko has introduced a character who is riddled with self-doubt about so many things, which is a very big problem with people around the world today. Although Lulu had many animal friends around her, she only judged herself on what she could not do instead of looking deep within herself to discover the things that she can. The wonderful illustrations easily bring these words to life and it is a true joy to watch Lulu's journey of self-discovery through an action that comes as second nature to her, but which is seen as a magnificent gift through the eyes of so many of her peers. I recommend Frogs Can Fly to readers aged 4-12, as well as it being an ideal addition to any home or school library so that people of all ages can discover the majestic gifts hidden inside them which they simply take for granted.

Mamta Madhavan

Lulu was a spirited young frog who lived with her mother in a pond. She enjoyed lounging on a moss-covered rock with her mother and having their morning conversations about everything. It was Lulu's favorite time of the day. Lulu asked questions like where the moon came from, why cows ate grass, why the sky was blue, and when she would grow bigger. Her mama had an answer to everything and Lulu thought she was the smartest frog in the world. Lulu spent time playing with her best friend, Davy, and they would have hopping contests, play hide and seek in the mud, and other fun games. The two had lots of friends like Jay the bluebird, Manny Mosquito and his family, Bill, the wise-old-bullfrog, Katy Cat and the kittens, and Sara, Lulu's best squirrel friend. Springtime was fun at Cackleberry Creek, and often Lulu wondered what it would be to fly like Manny or Jay, or run fast and climb trees like Sara and Katy. Suddenly Lulu felt plain and not-so-attractive. The next day morning while talking to her mama, what did her mama tell Lulu? What made Lulu realize being a frog was not so bad?

Frogs Can Fly (Cackleberry Creek) by Kristy Jo Volchko is an adorable story that conveys important messages like self-acceptance, self-esteem, self-belief, and self-love. The story is also about friendship, being different, and celebrating the differences. Yorris Handoko's illustrations are bright, colorful, and captivating, and they make the characters real and breathe life into the scenes. The characters are wonderful, tangible, and relatable to young readers, and the plot is exciting. Lulu's character has been portrayed and developed well, and her journey is encouraging, motivating, and inspiring. It is a good book for read-aloud and story-telling sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of the valuable lessons it gives children.