Mini Picturebook Lesson 3: Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere


SynopsisA story about a grumpy frog.
Lesson level
Lesson access
Equipment for child
Arts & Crafts Materials
Language Skills
Cross-curricular Links


  • 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: 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?
 Why does frog not want to be friends with the crocodile? 
 What does frog say in the end to all his friends? 

STEP 3: Add your Voice

CreateDraw a rainbow-coloured frog. 
CreateMake an origami frog. (see link below)
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? 
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.  


Orgiami Link: Click

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

Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere, published by Puffin, 2017

Video © Puffin Time for Stories

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