Langstaff says in the pretext that this is a story that has always been told in song, but he wanted to put it in writing with illustrations. For this reason, I would describe the illustrations as surreal. I thought this book was very sweet and creative. Then you see the couple planning the wedding and people arriving and then the wedding being crashed by a cat. 33–37, copyright 2008), the earliest known version of the song was published in 1549 as "The Frog Came to the Myl Dur" in Robert Wedderburn's "Complaynt of Scotland". In other versions such as "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O" by Chubby Parker, Frog fights and kills Miss Mouse's other suitors (an owl, bat and bumblebee) after they interrupt his proposal. 0. gjc Posts: 933. I didn’t care much about the romance, but loved seeing the different creatures file in for the wedding supper. I would more so recommend this book for very young children because of it’s likeness towards a nursery. Its first known appearance is in Wedderburn's Complaynt of Scotland (1548) under the name "The Frog cam to the Myl dur", though this is in Scots rather than English. When her uncle came home she told him she needs his consent to get married to the frog. 250–254, "The Frog and the Mouse" (3 texts plus 4 fragments, 2 tunes). For example, he stutters and gives u… An old song that has been passed down through the generations, changing it as each generation adopted it as its own along the way. Spaeth has a note claiming that the original version of this was supposed to refer to François, Duke of Anjou's wooing of Elizabeth I of England; however, this was in 1579 and the original Scottish version was already published. Langstaff researched the tale back some 400 years to the original Scottish song, but relied most heavily on the version sung in various parts of America. Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door, Uh-huh, Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door, Uh … ", That's bright and cheery and shan't last long?". Which is apparently the way that the frog is supposed to do things. If the second known version (1611, in Melismata, also reprinted in Chappell) were the oldest, this might be possible — there are seeming political references to "Gib, our cat" and "Dick, our Drake." There is a reference in the London Company of Stationers' Register of 1580 to "A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse." And overall a great choice if you want audience participation. Suddenly, a cat appears looking as in it messes up the whole wedding but instead the mouse and the frog romance ends with them happy and relaxing together in France. Mister Frog went a-courtin, he did ride, uh-huh, uh-h G7 uh. From the illustrations it’s easy to tell that Mistress Mouse is horrified that Frog would ask her to marry him without her Uncle’s permission. This book was named the Caldecott Medal Winner of 1956. Langstaff says in the pretext that this is a story that has always been told in song, but he wanted to put it in writing with illustrations. (I am kind of freaked out by the chick lying down being forced to drink castor oil after he eats too much.) In Pecos Pest, Jerry's Uncle Pecos stays with him while getting ready for a television appearance, and continues to pluck Tom's whiskers to use as guitar strings throughout the cartoon. "Since a cold in the head has laid you up, I'll sing you a song that I just made up.". The Frog shows up at Miss Mouse's home and pulls her into his lap and proposes to her. All of the creatures of the garden come to frog and mouse’s wedding. It's a compilation of many "Frog and Mouse" versions that have been handed down over the years, so there were some verses I was unfamiliar with from my childhood. Fisher, in character as Pecos, delivers the coda with a glottal stutter on the letter c. Woody Guthrie's version used "Hey-hey", and Bob Dylan's version used "uh-huh" in the same way after several lines. Reading it now, my favorite pictures are of the raccoon carrying the silver spoon and the chick wearing his bib. If we have inadvertently included a copyrighted poem that the copyright holder does not wish to be displayed, we will take the poem down within 48 hours upon notification by the owner or the owner's legal representative (please use the contact form at or email "admin [at] poetrynook [dot] com"). He rode up to Miss Mousy’s door, a-hum, a-hum! You then see the process of them trying to get married. For th. It is also good to note that is folk story that rhymes so that may have very well been the reason why I was confused. And rode it 'tween the horns and tail, uh-huh, uh-huh. However I don’t think it would affect young readers at all. When her uncle came home she told him she needs his consent to get married to the frog. The pages also alternate from a darker green and black to bright color.