Friday, January 4, 2013
Stepping back in time
I'M IN LOVE WITH A BIG BLUE FROG by Leslie Braunstein with illustrations by Joshua S. Brunet. Song performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Imagine: A Peter Yarrow Book. Charlesbridge, 2012.
So much of my adolescence is tied to folk music and especially to Peter, Paul, and Mary. Here is one of the tunes they covered in their career. Like much of the music of the 60s, what passes as a cute children's song is, in actuality, a song about an adult issue. In this case, interracial relationships are the focus of the story of a girl in love with a blue frog. While others look askance, they see nothing wrong with their romance. While young readers will not see the issue, they will enjoy the rollicking language about the romance. A CD features the song performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary and two bonus tracks. Now to go home and dig up my Peter, Paul, and Mommy disks!