Welcome to this month’s Touring Picture Book Club, the regular feature where we team up with three other book bloggers to share ideas and activities around the same book. And this month our chosen book is a real delight – In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon by Frann Preston-Gannon, published by Templar Publishing.
A little frog is sitting all alone in the light of the moon singing a song. But something is missing so hops off to search for others to join in the music.
Soon enough the frog finds some singing companions and each brings their own voice to the song. But no matter how many creatures add their sounds there is still something that isn’t quite right.
Then the little frog meets the tiniest of creatures in the swamp, a firefly who thinks their song isn’t sweet enough or big enough to join in. But the frog reassures the little firefly that everyone’s voice, no matter how small, is important and once all the creatures sing together the song is finally perfect.
A wonderfully lyrical story with plenty of repetition for little ones to join in with. The illustrations are stunning, deep colours and vibrant contrasts bring this musical night time scene to life. A beautiful book with an excellent message of inclusivity and the importance of feeling confident within yourself.
How to Draw with Frann Preston-Gannon
We love the illustrations in this story and Frann Preston-Gannon has kindly shared a step-by-step guide on how to draw the little frog.
My children love to draw but it’s something I’ve always found difficult. I try to never say that I’m no good at it so I do try drawing with them and encourage them when their pictures don’t go quite as they planned. But a guide like this is perfect for me!
I hope you enjoy having a go at drawing the frog, you can see our attempts below…
We had a great time drawing and it was a lovely activity to do together, here’s mine, my six-year-olds and three-year-olds versions.
For some more great activities based on this gorgeous book head over to my fellow touring picture book bloggers:
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Buy In the Swamp by the Light of the Moon from Wordery with free delivery.
Many thanks to Templar Publishing for sending a copy of this book for review.
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