The Best Summer Ever

Welcome to Frog and his world. He enjoys nothing better than spending time floating in his pond or visiting with his friends. He appreciates the simpler things in life and would prefer that things stay just the way they are--nice and peaceful. From acclaimed children's writer Eve Bunting comes a beginning reader series featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. In Best Summer Ever Frog compares himself to a bat, takes a much-needed vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him see the night sky in a new way.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey E
Lexile 480L
ATOS Reading Level 2.1
Guided Reading Level K
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585365500), Paperback (9781585366910), PDF (9781410310293), Hosted ebook (9781627535724)
Copyright 2012, 2014
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions 6 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • 2014 California Collection List - Elementary, Winner, 2014

A Review of "Frog and Friends: Best Summer Ever" in Booklist Online

Like the other Frog and Friends titles in the I Am a Reader! series, this installment features three small-scale adventures. In the first tale, Frog and Little Brown Bat compare and contrast their traits and characteristics, declaring that they “do not have to be the same to be friends.” In the second story, Frog goes on vacation, and one by one, his friends invite themselves along. In the final tale, Starman teaches Frog and his friends about the stars and lets each one pick a star of their own. Although Bunting’s gentle lessons may not have the comedic punch of the previous titles, Masse’s bright cartoon illustrations of the affable woodland creatures provide plenty of verve.

A Review of "Best Summer Ever" in Kirkus Reviews

Frog and his friends are back (Frog and Friends, 2011) in another trio of early-reader tales, but this time they focus less on humor and problem solving and more on life lessons and manners.

In the first story, Frog and Bat play a game, pointing out the ways in which they are different, though “not unkindly.” There are compliments aplenty as the two discover that they have just as many similarities as differences. In the second story, Frog sets off for a vacation for some time alone to think. The trouble is, his friends all want to come along. Not wanting to be rude, Frog allows it, and it turns out to be the best vacation ever. In the final tale, Frog meets Starman, who gives away the stars in the sky (and teaches a few star facts in the process). Frog gathers all his friends, and they each pick out a star to be their very own, even though they have to stay in the sky. The hearty friendships are plenty evident, both in the text and in the expressive faces of Masse’s characters, but with the book’s emphasis on not hurting others’ feelings and making sure all are included, this is definitely more didactic than the series opener.

There are good lessons here, but here’s hoping Bunting will deliver the next ones with a healthier helping of humor. (Early reader. 6-8)

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Author: Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting was born in a little town in Ireland called Maghera and she was brought up in the tradition of storytelling. Her mother started a library in their house and there were always books available to read. Most were poetry, which Eve loved. She also loved ghost stories and adventure stories; actually stories of all kinds. So she grew up, got married, had three children, and became a storyteller herself.

Now Eve lives in California and writes books that tell stories. She has written a lot of books, more than 250, and hopes to write many more. Because storytelling is what she does. And what she loves to do.

Illustrator: Josée Masse

Josée Masse's children's books include "Mirror, Mirror" (selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2010) and "Mousie Love" (included in Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010).

Full-color illustrations