In simplicity comes elegance and I think that was Kathy Nielsen’s idea as she demonstrated how through children’s books we can teach adult lessons.
This being one of Angie’s favorite books I would be afraid to assigning anything under a 3 for all areas of the Evaluating Multicultural Literature Rubric. It seemed to have a well developed plot (albeit not quite on par with War & Peace), Paul Owen Lewis seems like he comes from a place authority, there was a authenticity through the characters and setting, the dialog is relevant and the theme being universal is why I chose this book.
Frog Girl is a story about how a little girl finds a frog civilization underneath a lake. One of the elder frogs in that civilization is worried because she cannot find her children while under the threat of a large erupting Pacific Rim volcano. Frog girl finds them and rushes them all to safety.
This story is applicable to a lesson covering the current 6th mass extinction period. I would apply the knowledge of the Tlingit people that only through having a respect for all beings and their habitat can we actually become stewards instead of exterminators. I would also use this to draw examples of how the lessons from many cultures can be adopted into our own to make our world a better place.