Mini Picturebook Lesson 3: Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere


SynopsisA story about a grumpy frog.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience
ValuesCompromise, tolerance, friendship, apologising
World Event DayWorld Frog Day Friendship Day


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for the Rainbow-Frog: paper, paint or coloured pens and pencils
  • Materials for the Origami Frog: square paper (any colour)
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDescribe the frog on the front cover: colour, size, shape, body parts. 
ThinkWhat does the title tell us about frog? 
CheckFind out the meaning of the word ‘grumpy’ if you do not know it.
CompareHow do you say ‘grumpy’ in your language.
PersonaliseAre you ever grumpy? When and why? 
PredictWhy do you think frog is grumpy?
ThinkName three things that are green.

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen & Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
Why does frog like the colour green? 
 How does the colour blue make frog feel? 
 Which colour does frog not like at all? 
 What colour does frog want all his friends to be? 
How does frog feel without friends? 
 Which animals wanted to become frog’s friend?
 Do you think Grumpy Frog will escape from the crocodile?
 Do you think Grumpy Frog will get rid of the grumps?

Add Your Voice

Draw / writeYour ending: How do you think the story ends?
CreateDraw a rainbow-coloured frog. 
CreateMake an origami frog. Link
ObserveWhich colours can you see from your window?  How do they make you feel? 
Research Find out what frogs eat.
Research Find out how many eyelids a frog has.
ResearchFind out how long the world’s biggest frog is. 
Your OpinionWhat do you think is the message of this story? 

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want more?

Draw along with Ed Vere and learn how to draw a Grumpy Frog.


©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere, published by Puffin, 2017

Video © Puffin Time for Stories