Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett ill by Poly Bernatene
Emmett spins his own riff on the Frog Prince meme with Prince Ribbit. A frog resides in a pond near the castle of three princesses. These royal sisters have very different reactions when this frog hops out the water and approaches them. Fairy tale experts Lucinda and Arabella know exactly how the story of a princess befriending a frog is supposed to end. If taken to the castle, he will become an "astonishingly handsome" prince. On the other hand, well-read Martha knows her zoology and clearly can identify an amphibian. The actual change for these animals occurs during the life cycle, changing from egg to tadpole to adult frog.
Each girl is convinced that she is correct. Because of course, each girl's concept of frogs is derived from information located "in a book."
Poly Bernatene's delightful illustrations bring life to this twist on a traditional tale. This picture book can serve as an introduction for young readers learning to evaluate sources of information.