By Brianna Shostak
"Frog Soup" by Brianna Shostak is a delightful tale set in the enchanting world of Pumpkin Pie Hill. The story follows the adventures of the Gumdrop sisters, Gia Pia and Callie Cat, who live with their whimsical Grandma Bean. One morning, the sisters embark on a trip to Candy Corn Cave armed with candy corn collectors, magical devices that enable them to gather candy corn from the cave's walls. Along the way, they encounter intriguing sights, including a baby bat's first flight.
Their idyllic day takes a turn when Grandma Bean reveals that frog soup is on the menu for dinner, much to the dismay of Gia Pia and Callie Cat, who adore frogs. Determined to save their amphibian friends, the sisters brainstorm various plans to prevent Grandma Bean from making the soup. However, as the sun begins to set, they realize time is running out.
Upon their return home, they brace themselves for the dreaded frog soup. To their surprise, a large frog named Fritz enters the kitchen, carrying a pot of soup. Fritz turns out to be a dear friend of Grandma Bean who had moved back to town from Swamp Alley. He shares the ingredients of his famous frog soup, which includes wholesome vegetables and a touch of jelly bean juice for sweetness. Relieved and eager to try it, the sisters, Grandma Bean, and Fritz enjoy a heartwarming dinner together.
"Frog Soup" is a charming and imaginative tale that invites readers into a whimsical world filled with magic and endearing characters. Brianna Shostak weaves a delightful narrative that combines elements of fantasy, friendship, and family bonds. The story's vivid descriptions and playful dialogue bring Pumpkin Pie Hill to life, captivating the reader's imagination.
The Gumdrop sisters, Gia Pia and Callie Cat, are relatable and lovable protagonists who demonstrate resourcefulness and compassion. The book carries an important message about empathy and finding creative solutions to challenges. The surprise twist involving Fritz the frog adds depth to the story, emphasizing the value of open-mindedness and the joy of shared experiences.
The inclusion of magical elements, such as the candy corn collectors and Grandma Bean's abilities, adds an enchanting layer to the story.
Overall, "Frog Soup" is a delightful read that will entertain and inspire readers of all ages. Its heartwarming conclusion leaves a lasting impression, reminding us of the power of friendship, understanding, and the joy that can be found in unexpected moments.
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