No matter how hard parents try sometimes children will just t listen to them. This is a brief story about children (tadpoles) t listening to their parents (frogs) and being subsequently worried by strangers (fish). The tadpoles escape the clutches of the fish but are trapped and have to be rescued by the frogs and taken to the place of safety on the other side of the river where the frogs wanted them to play in the first place. The escape by the tadpoles teaches strategy and the rescue of the tadpoles teaches numeracy. Overall the story emphasises the need for children to listen to good advice and t to trust strangers.
A J Kay knows about life. He has been there, done it, felt it, worn the T shirt, you name it. If he hasn't, then he knows someone who has so nothing he writes about is without solid foundation. A J loved the stories his father would tell to him and his brothers when they were children and has always regarded stories as a legitimate means of educating children without lecturing them. He feels that children are not as naive as parents sometimes think they are and can take information from situations presented to them in the form of stories and form qualified judgements on their context, judgements that can colour their pictures of life for ever more. Tadpole Rescue is a typical example of how a situation can be mimicked into a creative story. A J has also written other children's books such as Dizzy Miss Lizzy who is typical of many children in that she thinks she knows it all and that her parents are only there to spoil her fun. It's only when her parents are not there that she feels vulnerable and realises that they are more than figures of authority. Also, young adult books such as Pach and the Golden Staff, a book about the fictional re-emergence of the Inca and adult books such as Full Circle.........the trouble with Charlie, a fictional drama book about relationships. A J is also an artist and while he is not writing or looking after the needs of his three children he enjoys applying paint to just about any surface and particularly enjoys the use of natural objects and materials as part of his works. He also enjoys designing items to enhance everyday life and, for example, has recently developed a fence pot holder for his garden as a result of not being able to find anything suitable in garden centres or d.i.y. shops. Needless to say he also has intellectual copyright for its registered design.