Cover image for Leaps and bounce
Leaps and bounce
Leaps and bounce
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney*HYPERION, [2016]
Physical Description:
pages cm
Illustrations and rhyming text follow a small group of tadpoles as they undergo a change, from tiny, tailed swimmers to leaping frogs.


Call Number
Material Type
E HOOD Picture Book

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Change comes to all of those who are open to it - even tiny tadpoles! This rhyming picture book for Key Stage 0 readers affirms this lesson for young children and their parents.

Author Notes

Susan Hood ( has worked for Nick Jr., Scholastic, and Sesame Street and is the author of MISSION: NEW BABY, Top Secret Info for Big Brothers and Sisters, illustrated by Mary Lundquist, THE FIX-IT MAN, illustrated by Arree Chung; SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet; and THE TOOTH MOUSE, illustrated by Janice Nadeau. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.

Matthew Cordell ( has illustrated more than a dozen picture books including SPECIAL DELIVERY by Philip C. Stead, WHAT FLOATS IN A MOAT by Lynne Berry as well as several he has written himself, like NEW YORK TIMES Notable Best Picture Book HELLO! HELLO!, ANOTHER BROTHER , and WISH. He lives in Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and daughter and a son.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A lighthearted rhyming story about growing up. In the pond are hundreds of eggs, "round and spotted,/polka-dotted." Who's inside, and who will they be? Spring is here, and it has brought a mystery to this pond, where "dragonflies investigate [and] ducklings stop [to] watch and wait." Soon there are subtle changes inside the eggs, and the little dots inside begin to grow tails in their first step to becoming real frogs. Now they burst forth from the egg sac and zip through the pond's waters. Before long, two legs appear and then two more. Now the "clever little divers [are] dashing. Kicking, flicking,/splishing, splashing!" And, finally, as new frogs, they enjoy sitting on logs by the edge of the pond. And just like everything else in nature, "few of us grow up unchanged." The cartoonlike drawings that accompany this rhyming text are done in pen and ink, mostly in hues of green and other colors of nature. The humorous illustrations set the mood. VERDICT A fine choice for one-on-one sharing. Children will enjoy the foldout pages, full of froggies and tadpoles.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind 2013's Rooting for You returns with another motivation-minded, pun-titled story for those in the midst of growing up. Instead of an underground seed blossoming into a flower, this book opens underwater, where clusters of eye-shaped eggs float amid the marshy plants: "Who's there inside?/ What will you be?/ Spring has sprung/ a mystery!" Only the very youngest readers won't be able to identify the tadpoles that later burst from the eggs and eventually sprout legs, developments underscored by Hood's recurring assertion that "changes come to all who grow." Cordell's squiggly cartooning is well suited to the tadpoles' youthful energy, and appearances from newts, egrets, and other animals give a hint of the frogs' broader environment. Multiple horizontal gatefolds add a touch of drama, and the enthusiasm in Hood's rhymes is unflagging, and she even manages to rhyme "amphibians" with "shenanigans." The idea that physical growth and development bring new opportunities and adventures comes across loud and clear. Ages 3-5. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.