Author C. Drew Lamm did John Travolta one better by actually meaning to mix up the words in the title of “The Prog Frince: A Ribbeting Mixed-Up Tale”. I picked it up at the library first because of the frog on the cover – Max is a huge fan of frogs – and then because the title made me giggle.
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In the tale, a young prince forms a friendship with a girl he grows up alongside, but when his father disapproves of an eventual marriage between the two, the king takes drastic measures to separate them.
The king tells his son he needs to make a good match so he’ll be happy, not listening when the prince replies that he’s already happy with his friend. Calling on magic to attain his preferred outcome, the king ends up accidentally turning his son into a frog, taking a few other casualties along for the ride.
The lesson here is in fact for parents: understand what makes your children happy and adapt your dreams for them accordingly. A future that looks like your dream for them might not in any way lead to their happiness.
To turn back into a boy, the prog frince must teach a young girl named Jane to use her imagination, showing children the importance of creativity. Max practiced using his imagination by hopping around the bedroom and ribbeting like a little green amphibian!
For these lessons, “The Prog Frince: A Ribbeting Mixed-Up Tale” deserves 5 snacks:
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