Tadpole's Promise, Paperback Book

Tadpole's Promise Paperback

Illustrated by Tony Ross

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Tadpole loves his rainbow friend, the caterpillar, and she tells him she loves everything about him. "Promise that you will never change," she says. But as the seasons pass and he matures, his legs grow, and then his arms - and what happens to his beautiful rainbow friend?

As he sits on his lily pad, digesting a butterfly, Tadpole little realises that now he will never know!

Follow the predictable changes of a tadpole and a caterpillar to their natural conclusion in this award winning picture book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781842704264

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A tadpole and a caterpillar fall in love, promising to never change...well, *that* doesn't go well.A darkly funny story, perfect for 4th graders & up - I've even recommended it to teens, and they ADORED it. ("You read this to CHILDREN?!?!)Pair this one with Jon Klassen's delightfully twisted I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat for some unexpectedly dark stories for those older kid readers.

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Well this certainly had a surprise ending. Perhaps that's why the author and illustrator made the book landscape. It starts as a story of love between a tadpole and caterpillar and accepting the physical changes. I expected the ending to be beautiful as they both continued to love each other. I was unprepared for the frog to eat the butterfly. I would not read this to a young child but an older one would probably find this amusing. It is realistic instead of the usual happy ending.