When I started teaching, Ribbit! was introduced to me by a friend. I loved the story, and was especially impressed by the unique illustrations. I emailed the illustrator, Poly Benatene, on a whim and was surprised to receive a reply all the way from Argentina!
He told me a little about the 3 years he and Rodrigo Folgueira spent trying to find the best way to tell the story. Our short conversation gave me a better understanding of the work and love that go into all these wonderful children’s books. Since he knew I taught special education he also shared a child’s drawing. He told me that while he was visiting a school to talk about the book, the students all drew a scene from the book. He said all of them drew the little pig except for one little boy with autism. He drew the wise old beetle (named Hugo in the Spanish edition). He ended with the thought that these special children have truth on their side. I loved that. Every time I get to the page with the beetle I think of Poly, Hugo, and that sweet boy. I hope you enjoy this little book about friendship as much as I did!
Here is our collection of activities to accompany a reading of Ribbit!
Cooking: Pigs in a Blanket
Craft: Origami Frog
Game: Grunt Pig, Grunt!
Sensory/Science: Pond in a Bottle
Mathematics: Frog Jump Counting
Reading: Pond Plunk
Wishing you and yours a friendly day!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.