Angela Jeffreys was born in the UK and moved to Canada as an infant. As her family moved around a lot, she was always the new kid – with glasses, so she was teased a lot. As a result, she became a loner. Books and her imagination became her best friends. She read voraciously and imagined all sorts of adventures. When she was a teenager, she wrote stories for English class assignments and for fun. Reading, writing, hiking and rock hounding were her teen passions. When she became an adult, she did what every adult does…she got a job. She worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. Her authentic self finally came out in 2004 when she started her own business teaching others to become their own authentic self. Angela became a mom and read to her daughter every day since she was days old. When her daughter was five-years-old, she asked her mom to make up a story. Instead of reading a book, and The Purple Frog was born.
The Purple Frog was translated into Mi'kmaw, in honour of Mi'kmaw History Month in October 2018. The Mi'kmaw version, Nɨsqnanamuksit Sqolj, was translated and narrated by Dr. Bernie Francis, a linguist and respected elder of the Maupeltu (Membertou) First Nation community in Cape Breton.
Hubert the frog is a smart, purple frog who is constantly teased by the kids at school and harassed by his brother and his sister. They are all green and they make fun of Hubert because he is different. One morning, Hubert wakes up with a green spot on the middle of his forehead. Each morning after, another green spot appears. He covers them up because he knows the teasing will only get worse. Imagine being a purple frog with green spots! How will Hubert ever survive the humiliation? Maybe he would be happier if he was all green, just like everyone else. Or would he?
The Purple Frog is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-0-9952841-8-0 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-0-9952841-9-7 - hard cover
UPE’J na sqolj sma’tewit, nɨsqnanamuksit sqolj ta’n te’sikiskɨk ki’kajeyaji witapji’jk sku’lk aq ma’w elt wsisl aq wmisl. Nekmow na stoqnamuksijik aq ki’kajeiwa’titl Upe’jal wjit tel-piluamuksilij. Newti-eksitpu’kek, Upe’j mikuaptɨk stoqnamu’k jiltek ko’qajiw mekwayik wtukwejank. Na te’si-eksitpu’k ki’s ap piley ika’q stoqnamu’kji’j. Na aqwikatoql mɨta kejitoq me’j naji-ki’kajeiwaten. Ke’ pasɨk ankite’ten nɨsqnanamuksin toqo stoqnamu’kl jiltekl ika’ql! Etuk tal-kisi-kqamuttew Upe’j te’sikiskɨk malikmut? Jiptueke’l naji-wlqats puktaqi-stoqnamuksij staqe msɨt wen. Etuk teliaq u’t?
Nɨsqnanamuksit Sqolj is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Vickery House Books, Shore Thing, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-7752756-6-4 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-7752756-7-1 - hard cover
The Mi'kmaw version, Nɨsqnanamuksit Sqolj, was translated and narrated by Dr. Bernie Francis, a linguist and respected elder of the Maupeltu (Membertou) First Nation community in Cape Breton, NS.
"In a day and age where society still puts so much focus on conforming, this book is a subtle way to teach children that it's ok to be yourself."
– Carolyn A. Laurie, BooksBecause
"I read this to my 4 year old and 9 year old and they both loved it. Hubert reminds us to love ourselves and be proud of who we are. We don't need to be someone else. Beautiful pictures and beautiful message. We love Hubert."
– Annik S, Amazon reviewer