Book Review: In the Small Small Pond, by Denise Fleming


Denise Fleming’s book gives young readers a frog’s-eye view of life in a pond throughout the seasons.In the Small, Small Pond is a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.


I am quickly becoming a Denise Fleming fan.  Just like in Pumpkin Eye, In the Small Small Pond is more of an expression of experience and feeling rather than a play by play story.

Fleming has a unique style to both her writing and her illustrations.  The use of simple, rhyming prose in her books is effective and engaging.  This is a fantastic book to read aloud to toddlers and small children.  The illustrations are bright and stylized, creating a unique texture to the story.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    November 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    You write your review so well! I'm kind of envious and I'm worried about when I review my first picture book in a long time.
    I never did like frogs growing up but I remember reading a book like this where it showed the different stages and I was at least intrigued by them… from a distance.
    Ugh… they would plop right on my dog's food if we left it outside. They are huge!
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

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    Claudio Cerri
    November 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Thank you rot your post, it's very interesting. I like this book!

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    November 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    It is such a fun book. I love the way Denise Fleming writes. She has a unique approach to her books.

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