The Frog

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Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media
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Realistic illustrations with expressive text.

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Parents need to know that this informative book has realistic illustrations with expressive text.

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What's the story?

What's a frog's life like? Eating worms, escaping hedgehogs, croaking to find a mate. Realistic illustrations and expressive text keep readers leaping through the pages as they follow the early life cycle of the common European frog from tadpole to froglet.

 

Is it any good?

This informative title introduces readers to the fundamentals of frog life; kids will be fascinated by hatching tadpoles, the development into froglets, and the list of predators frogs must avoid. Although this is a nonfiction book, it is so engaging that it seems, at times, like a story.

The illustrations are warm and inviting and show many details, including the splotches of darker brown color and the small bumps on an adult frog's body. One illustration shows the frog's "long, sticky tongue" frozen in motion, just as it has caught a fly. But the first of two pages discussing a frog's croak shows the male with a very small bulge in his throat. Children will be disappointed not to see the full-blown puff.

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  • Families can talk about the frog's life cycle. The change from egg to tadpole to fully grown frog is dramatic. What other animals undergo similarly dramatic changes as they grow?

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