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Tadpole's Promise

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    Jeanne Willis(Author) Tony Ross(Illustrator)

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Tadpole loves his rainbow friend, the caterpillar, and she tells him she loves everything about him. "Promise that you will never change," she says. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms - and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend? As he sits on his lily pad, digesting a butterfly, Tadpole little realises that now he will never know!

Follow the predictable changes of a tadpole and a caterpillar to their natural conclusion in this award winning picture book.

"Unforgettable." (Guardian)"Breaks the mould in form as well as content." (The Sunday Times)"'Beginning with pages that open vertically instead of horizontally, this tongue-in-cheek tale takes a typical love story and sets it squarely and amusingly on end. Ross's vibrantly hued pen-and-ink and watercolour cartoons depict the edge of the pond where a caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love. . . Willis strikes the perfect balance between the deadpan telling and the humorously overblown dialogue shared by the star-crossed pair, while the artwork masterfully enhances each and every nuance.'" (The School Library Journal)"'It's terrific.'" (Posy Simmonds Posy Simmonds)"'For nourishment of grammatical and contextual awareness, a perfect book for reading aloud is Tony Ross' and Jeanne Willis' wicked little love story -Tadpole's Promise. It starts eloquently and promisingly: "Where the willow meets the water a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other's tiny eyes... and fell in love. She was his beautiful rainbow and he was her shiny black pearl." But then the tadpole promises the caterpillar he will never change thus ensuring the most captive of reading audiences as they watch the inevitable changes that unfold. The final gasp-making twist (student teachers have shrieked!) is all the funnier for being juxtaposed against such poetic language.'" (Alison Kelly Books for Keeps)

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  • By Mr. C. on 30 May 2016

    Possibly my favourite picture book ever. Up there with Anthony Browne's best. There is a superb twist at the end of this story, which, if your kids have not heard of this book, will get them gasping with incredulity. Very amusing but with a strong moral tale and very debatable angle that we are all dominated by our natural tendencies nurtured over the millennia. If you are teaching life cycles and metamorphosis this book also provides a literary aspect to the science.

  • By Steph on 20 May 2017

    This book has lovely illustrations ,but a bit of a shocking ending...was received with mixed emotions in my reception class..but we still had a laugh!

  • By Guest on 2 May 2017

    A brilliant story about the life cycles of frogs and butterflies, with a twist at the end that makes me laugh every time I read it. It's a great story to read aloud because you can convey the emotions of the creatures and this adds to the shock and disbelief at the end.

  • By Maria66 on 7 June 2017

    This story for year 2 is magic, the children love it especially when done with signifiers and drama. Highly recommend it x

  • By fiona douglas on 7 August 2017

    it is a good book bit of a twist!!

  • By Lost The Plot on 21 July 2017

    Genius story! Has us in stitches every time we read it :)

  • By Emma Green on 1 May 2017

    Read with my reception children who loved the 'different' ending and the pictures which they found funny.

  • By Susannah on 6 June 2017

    A bit gruesome!

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