Froggy Plays in the Band

Picture Book

Bibliographic Information: London, Jonathan. Froggy Plays in the Band. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Plot Description:
Froggy saw a sign for a marching band contest at school. He played his dad’s saxophone; it sounded terrible. Each of his friends brought an instrument over and tried to play, and Frogilina tossed a baton. The music teacher reminded them to not stop for anything, or the parade would run into them. Right before they passed the judges, Frogilina missed her throw and the baton landed on Froggy’s head. He fell over and the parade crashed into him. He got back up and played, and his band did too. They got the award for Coolest Marching Band.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 190; Accelerated Reader: 2.2

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on Froggy trying to form his friends into a working band. It teaches the reader to perservere in the face of challenges.

Content Area: English, Friendship

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text; #3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text; #7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great modern book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to kindergarten through 2nd grade. It explores themes like friendship and trying things you’re not good at.


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