HarperCollins. Jun. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062563590.
PreS-Gr 1–In this charming story, a little tadpole named Tad is a late bloomer. Her brothers and sisters morph into frogs sooner than she does. She is all alone and afraid of Big Blub, a big, nasty fish at the bottom of the pond. However, Tad puts self-confidence into practice and she doesn’t give up, because she knows she is strong and clever. When she finally comes face-to-face with Big Blub, Tad gathers her courage and swims faster than ever. She swims to the top of the pond to escape and climbs onto a rock. It is then that Tad realizes she finally lost her tail. This is a title that teaches readers to accept themselves, never give up, and to stand up to bullies. The detailed illsutrations are colorful and bright.
VERDICT Highly recommended for purchase. This is a story about resilience that would work in classrooms or public library collections.

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