How Loreen and Pat wrote “There’s a Frog in My Throat!”

Every language has unique sayings and the English language has plenty of them. Many are idioms, which are impossible to understand at first hearing. For example, if someone says “Don’t rat on me,” it doesn't mean to keep rats at a distance. Instead, the expression means “Don’t tell what I did.” This book is fun for anyone to read, but it can be especially useful for students learning English as a second language.

Pat Street has been collecting sayings on many topics for over twenty years. She has millions of them! Loreen and Pat agreed to work together on writing a book for children using animal-related expressions. They decided which ones to include and how to word each one. They also wrote a meaning for each saying. Many sayings have more than one meaning, but due to the limited space, Pat and Loreen included just one common meaning for each saying. By the way, most picture books have thirty-two pages, but “There’s a Frog in My Throat!” has forty-eight pages in order to fit in all four hundred and forty sayings.

Loreen and Pat sent hundreds of emails back and forth to refine the book’s text. The book took over one year to complete.