Author(s): Patricia Hegarty; Greg Abbott (Illustrator)
An adorable and timely parable about opening a welcoming door to those in need, with clever peek-through holes and panoramic pages to beckon young readers inside.
Poor Frog's pond has dried up and he has nowhere to live. Luckily, he meets friendly Mouse, who is just starting to build a new house. "Everybody's welcome, no matter who they are," explains Mouse. "Wherever they may come from, whether near or far." As Frog and Mouse build a house together, they meet more animals without a place to live. Soon, they all join in to build a big, beautiful home where everyone is welcome, safe, and warm.
In this sweet forest setting, children will learn how important it is to extend a generous hand to those in need, whether neighbors in crisis, a friend with a problem, or a family immigrating to a new country. It's a timely, vital, and comforting story that will elicit useful conversations about caring, charity, and empathy.
Pat began working in children's publishing more years ago than she cares to remember and is now Editorial Director at Caterpillar Books. As an editor she has worked on titles ranging from atlases to animal pop-ups, craft kits to crazy mazes and sticker books to secret diaries. Greg Abbott is an illustrator and designer based in West Sussex, England. He works with a variety of clients on all sorts of creative endeavours, but mostly as a children's illustrator on narrative and character driven projects. In between commissions Greg likes to experiment with new techniques and keeps himself busy with self-initiated personal projects, from developing story ideas and illustrations, to coding and automating things.