The Frog That Could Not Jump by Sofia O’Hara

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A child can deal with beliefs and emotions which have tremendous impact on his self-confidence and self-worth. Stories are an extraordinary way of helping children to recognise and shift negative self-perception.

‘The Frog That Could Not Jump’ Oscar is a small frog who did not believe in himself. It was only through a scary event that he discovered something amazing.


“Short ‘n sweet” is a good phrase to sum up The Frog That Could Not Jump. Being written like a little novel for kids, there are no pictures and its only 6 pages long, but it reads in a simple way that engages the targeted audience.

Oscar, the frog, is constantly surrounded by criticism and eventually he begins to believe what everyone says about him instead of looking at his true potential for what it is. There are two lessons that can be taken away from this story for the kids; one, being that the kids can see that they don’t need to believe everything negative someone says about them and two; being that they need to be careful about what they say about others.

Even though this book was short, with no pictures and simple words, I think that the foundational message of the story could be very impacting especially if used in a Sunday School lesson or alongside a lesson in preschool. I especially loved how the book ended.

So, The Frog That Could Not Jump earns a full 5 out of 5 stars from Literature Approved and I recommend it to both girls and boys from the age range of 6 to 10.

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