I was, winding down at the end of a long day, feeling rather happy that bedtime was rolling around. My eyelids were gaining weight as they drooped ever further down. All the while, I was trying to fight off sleep long enough to get myself off the sofa and into bed when my daughter, who was about four at the time, screeched, “We HAVE to save the little froggy!”
“Froggy!” She pops up and down, pointing at the patio window.
With his sweet green feet suctioned to the glass, the glow of our kitchen lights glinting in his golden eyes, the little treefrog, no bigger than my thumbnail, seemed to be looking in at us.
“SAAAAAAVE IT!!!!” my daughter shouted.
“Sweetie,” I said, stifling a yawn, “this little guy is going to be fine. He’s supposed to live outside in a world filled with yummy insects. Now, let’s go to bed.”
“What if he gets eaten during the night?” my daughter said in her most ominous tone. “You’ll be mad at yourself for not rescuing him. So, pleeeeeeease let’s save him.”
Are kids and puppies born with big eyes to give them the cuteness factor we often fall victim to?
“Okay,” I agreed. “The froggy can spend the night inside.”
“What about tomorrow and the next day?” my daughter asked. “What’s going to keep him from being eaten on those days? Huh?”
Flash forward to the pet store
Suitable terrarium $20
Amphibian moss $12
Ceramic bathing and drinking dish $15
Sterilized branch $8
Mini hammock with suction cups $15
Two dozen crickets to feed to treefrog $4
High calcium food for crickets $5
5-gallon bucket to house crickets $5
TREE FROG RESCUE $84
And speaking of becoming the mother to another species…
Today’s picture book review is of a book close to my heart…
Title – Mother Bruce – view on Amazon HERE.
Written and illustrated by – Ryan T. Higgins
Published by – Scholastic 2015
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics/Theme – Tolerance, patience, parenting
Opening –Bruce was a bear who lived all by himself. He was a grump. He did NOT like rain. He did NOT like sunny days. He did NOT like cute little animals.
Amazon Review – Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?
Why do I like this book? Humor, which appears in both the text and illustrations, is the key ingredient in this touching and hysterical picture book. Even if a child isn’t begging you to read this treasure over and over again, chances are, you’ll naturally flip back to page one and start again because it’s that entertaining.
Learn more about Ryan T. Higgins HERE.
If after reading this book, you’re in the mood for new ways to prepare eggs, check out these 50 egg recipes! Click HERE.
And for those of you who want to follow in Bruce’s big, bear footsteps and raise geese, here is a site to help you take the next step. Click HERE.
Until next Friday!