Flannel Friday! Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

18 Nov

I’m pretty sure we’re all familiar with Jonathan London’s stellar first book about Froggy. But if not, here’s the Cliffs Notes Version. Froggy wakes up, sees snow out his window, and decides to go out and play in it. His mother tries to convince him to go back to sleep, as “frogs are supposed to sleep all winter. Wake up when the snow melts.” But Froggy is determined, so he puts on his socks, boots, mittens, scarf, and hat and flops out into the snow. Flop, flop, flop.

Froggy’s mom asks him what he forgot to put on, and he realizes he forgot his pants. After returning inside, taking off some clothes, putting on pants, and putting clothes back on, he flops back outside, only to be reminded that he forgot his coat and shirt. Flopping back inside, he remedies his lack of coverage on the top half of his body. On his third trip outside, his mom asks him yet again what he’s forgotten. This time, he can’t figure it out, until his mother reminds him: “your underwear!”

Needless to say, this story always gets a big laugh from the preschoolers. Here’s the flannelboard I created, with pictures via KizClub.

Froggy in bed, with his mom:

First trip outside (flop, flop, flop):

2nd trip outside, pants added:

3rd trip outside, with coat and shirt added:

And here are all the pieces that make up this flannel (socks, shirt, etc.) as you can’t see all of them in the pictures!

Each piece is covered in clear contact paper.  Froggy, his mom, and the bed have velcro dots on the back to make them stick to the flannelboard. Froggy also has a piece of double-stick tape, as do all the other pieces, to make them stick to each other. Easy peasy!

I usually read this story with my clothing themed storytime, but it would obviously work with frogs, winter, snow, silly stories, underwear stories (has anyone tried THAT as a theme?)…

Visit Cate’s blog later today for the full Flannel Friday roundup! And click on the icon to the right to see all past and current flannels, handily organized in a visual format via Pinterest!

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9 Responses to “Flannel Friday! Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London”

  1. missmaryliberry November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Thanks, Vicki! That sounds like lots of fun!

  2. Vicki Kouchnerkavich November 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I have had a successful Underwear Story Time. I submitted it to ALA Editions and it was part of of their Lots of Laughs November online magazine. I would encourage all to have an Underwear Story Time and include Froggy gets Dressed flannelboard, I never thought to include it. The Terrible Underpants by Kaz Cooke was the most fun book in the category.

  3. Krystal November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    What a FUN idea! I love Froggy books. :-) They are so fun to share with several different age groups, perfect for Family Storytimes with it’s mix of ages. I was lucky enough to meet Johnathan London a few years ago when I was the Children’s Program director and weekly storyteller for Barnes and Noble. He is an awesome guy! Very good with the little ones!

  4. missmaryliberry November 19, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    There’s a new title that I’ve read to the preschoolers called The Underpants Zoo and it’s totally funny! All the zoo animals (obviously) wear underwear that suits their style. The penguins chill theirs in the freezer, the lion’s are purple and very royal, etc. Fun!

  5. Anna November 19, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Underwear theme? Yes, I most definitely went there. It was great! I’m always looking out for more books to add to it, too :) I’ll dig it up from the archives and post it on my blog sometime

  6. Library Quine November 19, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I have to make this! I’ve not tried an underwear theme YET, but my storytimes often feature Claire Freedman’s Aliens/Dinosaurs in Underpants books. so it’s only a matter of time … We have additional opportunities here in Scotland as US pants = UK trousers, so lots of pants books to feature. I just got the book ‘Sing a Song of Bottoms’ by Jeanne Willis, but I haven’t had the courage to read it aloud yet!

  7. Liz (Mrs. D) November 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    uh, underwear storytime would be HILARIOUS! this is a great froggy flannel – as I admitted in one of my posts this week, I JUST read my FIRST froggy story (froggy rides a bike)… had never read him (though I knew him) before! thanks for sharing!!

  8. Melissa Depper (@MelissaZD) November 18, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    This looks great. I have GOT to spend some time on KidzClub!

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    [...] Kuehner of Miss Mary Liberry gets Froggy ready for his first romp in the snow in Froggy Gets Dressed!  (Spoiler alert: He forgets his underwear! [...]

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