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The Horned Toad Prince
Illustrated by Michael Austin
Published by Peachtree Publishers

A spunky cowgirl named Reba Jo meets her match when she makes a deal with a clever horned toad. This spicy Southwestern retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Frog Prince, is peppered with Spanish words and phrases.

"This is fun through and through. Hopkins' telling sizzles with southwestern panache...Fractured fun at its best."

"Readers-aloud and listeners who have a hankering for the Wild West are going to bust their britches when they get a look at Reba Jo and her heroic toad."
Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

"Hopkins spices up the Brothers Grimm's 'The Frog Prince' by setting it in the American Southwest and casting its heroine as a spunky cowgirl."
Publishers Weekly

"An entertaining version of 'The Frog Prince' with a Texas twist."
School Library Journal

"This book boasts a strong Southwestern setting that positively influences the text...This book allows for illuminating connections to the Grimm text while recreating the main characters in a way that's consistent with this truly American setting."
Fore Word

"Hopkins laces her delightful story with Spanish words and cowboy lingo perfectly. The trick ending is ingenious."
Houston Chronicle

Awards and Lists

  • Texas State Library/Children's Round Table 2x2 Reading List 2001
  • Willa Award, Women Writing the West (Best Children's Literature) 2001
  • Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2001
  • Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) Book Awards Master List 2002-2003
  • Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award Nominee 2002-2003
  • Mockingbird List/Abilene (Texas) Public Library Nominee 2002-2003
  • Best Bets for the Classroom/Virgina Center for Children's Books 2002
  • Storytelling World Award: Stories for Young Listeners 2001
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