CHILDES Frog Story Corpora

This page provides an index to the Frog Story narrative data. Researchers in many countries have used Mercer Mayer’s wordless “frog story” picture book entitled “Frog, where are you?” as a tool for eliciting narrative descriptions. The book tells a story without words in 24 pictures. The principal source for documentation of this work, its rationale, and the various data analysis procedures is the book by Berman and Slobin (1994). Because that book provides such complete documentation for this project, the current documentation will only cover the general issues in the research. Researchers can also consult that book for a complete listing of research in additional languages and with second-language learners using the Frog Story framework. A fuller description of the method and coding is given here.

You can also browse the Frogs corpora online from this link.

Corpus Age Range N Media Contributor
Arabic-AarssenBos 5,7,9 72 audio Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
ArabicDutch-AarssenBos 4,5,7,9,10 175 audio Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
Basque-Duguine 4-6 26 audio Isabelle Duguine
Chinese-Chang 3, 5, 7 30, 30, 30 audio Chien-ju Chang
Chinese-Guo 3,4,5,7,9,20 72 audio Jiansheng Guo
Chinese-Tardif 3 and 4 300, 300 audio Twila Tardif
Chinese-Zhou 3,4,5 60 audio Zhou Jing
Dutch-AarssenBos 4,5,7,9,10 176 audio Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
DutchArabic-AarssenBos 4,5,7,9,10 176 audio Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
DutchTurkish-AarssenBos 4,5,7,9,10 176 - Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
English-Miami 7 and 9 43 and 46 - Barbara Pearson
EnglishSpanish-Miami 7 and 9 87 and 89 - Barbara Pearson
English-Slobin 3,4,5,9,20 60 - Dan Slobin
English-WolfHemp 6,7,8 30 - Lowry Hemphill and Dennis Wolf
French-Duguine 4-6 26 audio Isabelle Duguine
French-MTLN 4-10 15 - Marie-Thérèse LeNormand
French-Lyon 5,6,7,10,21 40 audio Sophie Kern, Maya Hickmann, audio not yet linked
German-Bamberg 3,5,9,20 43 - Michael Bamberg
Hebrew-Berman 3,4,5,7,9,11,20 91 - Ruth Berman
Italian-Bologna 6,8,9 59 - Paola Cipriani
Italian-Roma 4,5,6,8,10 100 - Margherita Orsolini
Russian-Protassova 5,6,7,8,9,10,adult 41 - Ekaterina Protassova
Spanish-Aguilar 6,12 20 - Cesar Aguilar
SpanishEnglish-Miami 7 and 9 87 and 89 - Barbara Pearson
Spanish-Ornat 3,4,5,8 50 - Susana Ornat
Spanish-Sebastian 3,4,5,9,20 59 - Eugenia Sebastian
Thai-Zlatev 4,6,9,11,20 50 - Jordan Zlatev and Peerapat Yangklang
Turkish-AarssenBos 5,7,9 76 - Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos
Turkish-Aksu 3,5,9,20 40 - Ayhan Aksu
TurkishDutch-AarssenBos 4,5,7,9,10 176 - Jeroen Aarssen and Petra Bos