Yes, it's true! The frog is actually part of the bow that is needed to play the cello (fortunately not the animal, just the name of the part). It helps adjust the sound of the cello by tightening or loosening the strings. Frogs Play Cellos, part of the Did You Know series, is a very clever nonfiction title with quirky characters that entertain while relating facts and music trivia. Kids will not only learn about a variety of instruments, but also read snippets on cultural influences and musicians (for example, spoons are used in many cultures to make a beat and create harmony). The illustrations are a lot of fun, including a pig singing opera, John Lennon as the Walrus, and a variety of cool cats playing the horns. This would be a great title to support this year’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock,” and I’ve heard from customers that the Did You Know series is massively popular with their young readers.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Representative
Penworthy works with schools and libraries across the country to provide Penworthy Prebound Books, library bound books, board books, and puppets.