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There’s no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy. But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs’ songs can’t fix—and it’s making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs. A mysterious prophecy may hold the key… There’s no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy. But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs’ songs can’t fix—and it’s making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs. A mysterious prophecy may hold the key…or send Tubs away from his friends forever.


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There’s no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy. But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs’ songs can’t fix—and it’s making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs. A mysterious prophecy may hold the key… There’s no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy. But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs’ songs can’t fix—and it’s making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs. A mysterious prophecy may hold the key…or send Tubs away from his friends forever.

48 review for The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books through NetGalley. Delightful tale of swamp inhabitants who fight back against the pollution that is killing them and destroying their home. Tubs is a musician who needs to figure out where he belongs. His cousin, Lila, left the swamp for school and returned as a doctor. Tubs stayed home but now feels the call to perform in the big city (New Orleans). As he prepares to leave, changes are occurring. All of the swamp dwellers are beco I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books through NetGalley. Delightful tale of swamp inhabitants who fight back against the pollution that is killing them and destroying their home. Tubs is a musician who needs to figure out where he belongs. His cousin, Lila, left the swamp for school and returned as a doctor. Tubs stayed home but now feels the call to perform in the big city (New Orleans). As he prepares to leave, changes are occurring. All of the swamp dwellers are becoming ill. Lila has done research and Tubs locates the source of the contagion. He creates a new song and the change is shared around the world. Together, the creatures stop the drainage that is killing their home. Terrific book to spark dialogue about environmental impacts. Readers will love the charming characters and see the message beyond the cuteness. A needed book to encourage younger readers to think about the impact of their actions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (readalongwithjess)

    4/5 ⭐️ for The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield by Cara Hoffman This was a super adorable middle grade book about a frog (Tubs Marshfield) who loves writing songs and singing, and has to save his beloved swap when the animals start becoming very sick. From the get go, I noticed that the writing was very beautiful and descriptive. I could see, smell, hear, and experience the swamp with Tubs and his friends. This book also dealt with some more heavy themes such as loss, friendship, a scary mystery illness 4/5 ⭐️ for The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield by Cara Hoffman This was a super adorable middle grade book about a frog (Tubs Marshfield) who loves writing songs and singing, and has to save his beloved swap when the animals start becoming very sick. From the get go, I noticed that the writing was very beautiful and descriptive. I could see, smell, hear, and experience the swamp with Tubs and his friends. This book also dealt with some more heavy themes such as loss, friendship, a scary mystery illness, and environmentalism. There was also such a great sense of community between all the creatures from the swamp, as they try to figure out why everyone is getting sick! This was in spite of differences between the different species of creatures, and gossipy rumours that were going around about a couple of main creatures. I think it was a good warning about how rumours and gossiping can be hurtful and harmful. As a middle grade book, I thought that a book solely featuring animal characters was super fun, though as an adult reader it did require a little suspension of belief. Finally, the musical aspect was a great connection for me as someone who loves music and singing. Tubs loves writing songs for different occasions and for encouragement, and they are so cute! But there is also power in music & lyrics. A song has connected the swamp and holds its history for thousands of years, and Tubs writes a song that connects the whole swap when it seems all hope is lost. If you have a young reader who loves music and the environment, I’d highly recommend giving them this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric Jolly

    Tubs, the singing frog, has a problem. All of his friends are getting sick. His friend Lila, a doctor in frog form sees this too. For some time, they try to figure out the source of illnesses causing itching, scratching, feather loss and bad health. It turns out that they are being poisoned by the water...and the humans that are pumping in toxins. Without providing spoilers, this book has a happy ending for Tubs and his friends. For kids, this fantasy is a chance to be reminded of the interconnec Tubs, the singing frog, has a problem. All of his friends are getting sick. His friend Lila, a doctor in frog form sees this too. For some time, they try to figure out the source of illnesses causing itching, scratching, feather loss and bad health. It turns out that they are being poisoned by the water...and the humans that are pumping in toxins. Without providing spoilers, this book has a happy ending for Tubs and his friends. For kids, this fantasy is a chance to be reminded of the interconnection between humans and many animal species along with the huge negative impacts that humans have on nature. Enjoyable read. Appropriate for 10-12 year olds. I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway; no compensation was received in exchange for this review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tehila

    I received a copy of The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield in return for an honest review. I have always loved a well-written book, and this fits the description. Correct grammar, not preachy, interesting plot with enought twists. Even took what could have been a boring subject and made it interesting. I have already given it to a nine-year-old friend and look forward to hearing his thoughts. I am definitely adding Ms Hoffman’s other books to my wish list.

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