lived in hungary book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Where would you like to travel? From where have you traveled? How much of this world have you experienced in person or in books? I love to travel, but we don’t get out nearly as much as I would like! Because of this, I love to travel second hand through stories from friends and books. We have a good friend who moved here from Hungary via Australia, thus my children and I were very excited to read the latest in Carole P. Roman’s series If You Were Me and Lived in Hungary.

For the last several years, we have traded stories of our Serbian culture with stories from our friend’s Hungarian childhood. It is always fun to compare languages, places and experiences. For instance, my children call my mother in law Baba. In Hungarian, a baba is a doll. Roman shares this, along with her usual vocabulary list, vacation destinations, and festival descriptions in If You Were Me and Lived in Hungary.

But that is not Roman’s only new addition! Captain No Beard has welcomed Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles!

Poor Fribbet is upset, but why? His home, his whole world, is changing and he doesn’t know what to make of it. First, there are eggs all over. Then, tadpoles go swimming about. Quickly, they begin to grow legs and transform into froglets! Now his mom and dad are REALLY busy!

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles book coverHaving recently celebrated the first birthday of our seventh baby, my kiddos can relate to busy parents and many siblings (in fact, they were giggling over Fribbet’s reaction to his siblings all through this story), but they were on the side of Captain No Beard who encouraged Fribbet with examples of the fun that comes along with all of the… well, all of the bother that younger siblings can be at times.

Not only does Roman do a great job of exploring the topic of sibling integration in a new and more tasteful way than any other children’s writer that I have read, but Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is also a wonderful book to assist in introducing children to the life cycle of frogs. The story, in combination with the great illustrations, clearly teach children about the neat and unique process these amphibians go through from egg to frog. Not only do I love the exploration of science for kids that this series is tending towards, but the fact that the science here is so well blended with the “new baby at home” theme, means that I won’t feel the need to ditch the book when baby is no longer “new”.

Whether the little ones in your life are expecting a new brother or sister (or multiples!) sometime soon, or are simply budding naturalists, they are going to love Roman’s new Captain No Beard Story: Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles.

I am very interested to see what area of science Captain No Beard and his crew explores next!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.