Carl is a frog in search of a friend — but his outlandishly long tongue (and even larger appetite!) always sabotages his plans. An unsuspecting gnat tries to show young Carl how to use his tongue — but thawoolp! He ends up as Carl’s first meal. Then a rambunctious horsefly tries to engage Carl in a game of cards — but thawoolp! He meets the same fate as the gnat. Even sweet Miss Fish tries to give Carl a chance — only to become the latest course in Carl’s all-he-can-eat buffet. When a wise old kingfisher sets his sights on Carl as his next meal, Carl finally learns to change his ways. The true test comes when a small ant tries to befriend the hungry frog. Carl musters all of his willpower and redefines the phrase "tongue tied" to keep himself from snacking on the ant, and in the process makes the best friend he could ever hope to have. This rollicking romp will keep families giggling while imparting the friendly lesson that it’s better to have friends than to eat them!
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If you were a frog and saw a gnat, what would you want to do with the gnat? Play with him or eat him? Carl goes from being an egg to being a tadpole to being a frog. He hops to the nearest tree to stretch his tongue. A friendly gnat encourages him in stretching his tongue, but then Carl feels hungry. After eating the gnat, he no longer feels hungry, but now he feels lonely. He plays cards with a friendly horsefly, but then he begins to feel hungry again. And there is the friendly fish who wants to swim with him. However, when a not-so-friendly kingfisher comes along and acts as if he is going to eat Carl, the frog learns an important lesson. In addition to the incidental information about the life cycle of a frog, children will see the valuable message from David N. Weiss's humorous story and Peter Whitehead's clever illustrations that they should never mistreat or harm their friends--or they may end up with no one to play with! Toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers will find Carl the Frog full of both laughs and a little thought-provoking.