9/4/13 ** If you haven't read this book, hop your way to your favorite bookstore or library and check it out. I've been reading and enjoying this light-hearted but important book since my focal students in my dissertation study first used it with their first grade students.
Finklehopper Frog has caught the jogging craze and he hops his way to the nearest store to get the swellest jogging suit he can find. No sooner does he join his peers, than the negative comments start - his clothes are outrageous, he doesn't know how to jog, he doesn't belong. Fortunately, a fellow hopper, Ruby Rabbit, comes along and recognizes that frogs hop, they don't jog. Readers intuit multiple themes: be yourself, brush off the mean comments of others, don't try to change the way you naturally do things.
The rhyming jingles on each page are a pleasure to read repeatedly, feeling the way the sounds roll off the tongue.
Well, what are you waiting for - hop on over to a library or bookstore!