I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel
Use the following questions after the second or third reading of I Took My Frog to the Library. There are questions for every one or two pages of the story.
- What is happening in this picture? (Bridgett is taking her frog to the library.)
- Have you ever been to a library? Were there animals at the library? What did you do there?
- What happens when Bridgett takes the frog to the library? (The frog jumps out of the box, hops onto the checkout desk, and scares the librarian.)
- What does Bridgett take next to the library? What does it do there? (She takes a hen, and it lays an egg in the card catalog.)
- What do you call this bird? (It is a pelican.)
- What is everyone at the library looking for? (They are looking for the dictionary.)
- Where is it? (The pelican has it in his pouch.)
- What is this animal? (It is a python, a really big snake.)
- What is happening in this picture? (The python is shedding skin all over the books.)
- What does Bridgett take to the library next? (She takes a giraffe.)
- Do you think animals belong at the library? Why or why not?
- What is this animal called? (It is a hyena.)
- What are the children doing in this picture? (They are listening to the librarian read a story.)
- What does the hyena do during storytime? (He laughs so loudly that nobody can hear the story.)
- What is happening in this picture? (Bridgett's elephant is at the library, sitting with the children and listening to the story at storytime.)
- Can you show about how big an elephant is?
- What has happened in the library? Why are the books all over the floor? (The elephant knocked over the bookshelves and all the books fell on the floor.)
- Did the elephant knock over the books on purpose? (No, the elephant is just too big, and she knocks over things when she moves around.)
- Where is the elephant now? (She is outside the library looking in through the window.)
- What do you see here? (This is Bridgett's house.)
- Where is Bridgett going? (She is going to the library.)
- Does she take the animals with her? (No, they stay home.)
- What's happening in this picture? (The elephant is reading to all the other animals.)
The words listed below come from the story and its pictures. As you page through the book, ask children to name the objects listed or talk about the actions portrayed. Words are listed for every two pages of story. Ask about other objects and actions shown in the pictures as you see fit.
- frog, book, library
- hopping, desk, scared, surprised
- hen, egg, card catalog, drawer
- pelican, pouch, searching
- python, shedding, skin, messy
- giraffe, neck, horns
- hyena, laughing, sitting, listening
- elephant, trunk
- elephant's body
- tipped over, outside
- house, upstairs, downstairs, TV room, bathroom, bathtub, bedroom
- dining room, living room, front porch, waving
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