This is a timely book about nature that plays on the
noisy "Jugarump" call made by a handsome, caring Bullfrog named
Boomer. Boomer is a gigantic Bullfrog who uses his loud,
unforgettable song to become, surprisingly, the hero of the river.
"Jugarump! Jugarump! Our habitat is not a
Dump." By example, he teaches all his friends how one frog can make
a big difference by solving problems creatively. Boomer becomes so
popular he is awarded the Noble Frog Peace Prize. The
fact-filled book uses the interesting and humourous characteristics of
the endangered Bullfrog to bring out the need for us to protect the
Earth both locally and globally.
It was written with seven literacy traits in mind.
All seven are obvious in the story. VOICE is especially explicit.
(See free teacher's guide.) The book is written at two levels.
Teachers may take the book at face value and use it for teaching
literacy traits and many science expectations or take it to another
level and address environmental issues. I feel it is important to
address environmental issues even at a child's level, but I leave this
decision up to the teacher as every class has different needs.
Ultimately, I hope the call to positive environmental
action, like Boomer's call, will be heard and have a profound effect
upon our lifestyles for the promotion of the present and future healing
of this planet. The worst atrocity we could ever commit is to ruin
the Earth for our children, grandchildren and future generations who are
not able to speak for themselves.
BOOMer represents the children's voice and plea for