It’s not always easy being different, as Biriwita the blue frog is only too aware. He longs to be accepted at Croak College, the most famous school for frogs in Malawi, but the other students all turn their backs on him. He is just too different!
“What’s wrong with you?
Why are you blue?
You’re the strangest frog we’ve seen
Normal frogs are green!”
The Frog Who Was Blue is a witty and charming tale underpinned by the message that being different to others is no bad thing. It will appeal to children aged 7-9, and fans of Faiz’s former books.
Faiz Kermani is publishing The Frog Who Was Blue to support the World Medical Fund (WMF), a medical charity working in Africa. WMF’s focus is on the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children, including AIDS orphans, whose practical and cost-effective programmes treat over 25,000 children every year in rural Malawi. This life-saving work relies entirely on donations. More information about the WMF is on their webpage, www.worldmedicalfund.org.
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Faiz's book The Frog who Loved Mathematics is a finalist in the The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. The book has also been translated into French, German and Russian.
My daughter really enjoyed this book. It was just the right combination of challenging words and colourful illustrations and the underpinning message of the story was thought provoking for her.
This is to date the best children's book this author has written, I this that is has a lovely storyline and plot, which teaches children to accept each other even if they are different. I also thing that the illustrations are just amazing and very adorable.
by Abbi Gibso.
Faiz, this was a cute little book that was powerful in many ways, The message, of course, strong but not in your face or preachy. Second, the imagery was very nicely done and third, the frog choice just was so cute as well, not many choose frogs to be the main character, and it brought to mind books I read when I was a child, the books were about two frogs that were friends and ALL the pictures, I can remember staring at them for hours and making my own stories up in my head about what was going on, I think it was frog and toad.... ahhh, the memories... Thanks!
by Aisha Hashmi