Author: Matthew Stein
Illustrator: Taillefer Long
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1482535655

When the cleanup job was finally finished, the animals stood back and admired their work. The park and swamp were clean again! Geronimo thanked them all for helping out. Tired and happy, each animal slowly headed home,” Matthew Stein writes in his children’s book, Geronimo the Frog.

At fifty-eight pages, this square paperback book is targeted toward preschool to early elementary school readers who like stories of animals that take care of the environment and each other. With no profanity but some scary scenes of possible violence, some of the wording may be hard for beginner readers. Illustrator Long’s designs are descriptive and colorful, covering almost every other full page. Villains are portrayed with tattoos or nose and brow rings, holding baseball bats for attacking.

In this fanciful tome, Kute is a frog in the Big Cypress Swamp of Florida that loves to hear stories of Indian warriors including the famous Geronimo so much that all his friends have nicknamed him after the brave Indian.

When his friend, Ooeefuswa the Heron, gets a plastic six-pack ring stuck around his neck from being in the swamp, Kute devises a plan to stop Bad Billy and his gang from constantly littering in the park at the edge of the swamp. 

With the animals having Native American names, the critters scare the gang away temporarily. Upsetting Bad Billy, he captures Kute, knowing he is the leader of the animals, and puts him in a bird cage.

Distraught, the animals sneak into the hooligans’ cabin and together help their friend escape but Bad Billy wants retaliation. The next time the gang parties at the park, they capture several of the animals who feel hopeless. But with the aid of one special friend, the outcome is overturned on the rowdy group of thugs. 

By not only teaching about protecting our environment and working together as a team, Stein gives the animals interesting Native American names. He reminds readers of bravery, fearlessness, and courage when encountering bullies or those who deface property.

Although there is no extra information about the unique names or promoting ways to encourage improving the environment or volunteering time working together for the greater good, this book would be engaging and interesting to most young readers. 

This book was furnished by the author in lieu of a review based on the reader’s opinion.

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