A New Frog: The Life Cycle of an Amphibian

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In A New Frog, Jenny watches a pond through spring and summer and witnesses six stages in the life cycle of a leopard frog. Children will enjoy reading the cumulative, sing-song verse patterned after "The House that Jack Built," and then peering under the flaps to learn interesting science facts. This book in the My First Look at series also contains a note to parents suggesting ways of exploring nature — without disturbing it.

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Overview

In A New Frog, Jenny watches a pond through spring and summer and witnesses six stages in the life cycle of a leopard frog. Children will enjoy reading the cumulative, sing-song verse patterned after "The House that Jack Built," and then peering under the flaps to learn interesting science facts. This book in the My First Look at series also contains a note to parents suggesting ways of exploring nature — without disturbing it.

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Folded out, the horizontally enlarged page carries a more detailed, informative text, which better describes the life cycle and metamorphosis of the frog. Well-executed watercolor paintings illustrate this effective introductory book.
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Folded out, the horizontally enlarged page carries a more detailed, informative text, which better describes the life cycle and metamorphosis of the frog. Well-executed watercolor paintings illustrate this effective introductory book.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Subtitled "My First Look at the Life Cycle of an Amphibian," Hickman has done a wonderful job introducing natural science. Using a cumulative text that follows the "This is the house that Jack built" format, the details from mating to egg development, to tadpole, and to full-grown frog are presented and easily remembered. The illustrations and page foldouts introduce a host of facts. Text and illustrations under the flaps detail the process of tadpole metamorphoses. The full-color larger pictures show the frog's habitat and its inhabitants. The last page contains a note to parents with more facts and several activities. The note would also be of value to elementary school teachers and homeschoolers. Hickman and Collins have created a really excellent early science book. Others in the series are A New Duck, A New Butterfly, A Seed Grows and Hungry Animals.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
"This is the pond that Jenny explores." So begins this science book on the life cycle of a frog. Each page builds on the one before in the manner of "This is the house that Jack built." The text takes readers through each life stage, from frog eggs to fully formed frog. Each page has a lift-the-flap portion, which further explains and illustrates each stage. The book is excellent for the intended age group. The simple text instructs on several levels, and even preschoolers will learn basic facts about frogs and enjoy the illustrations. Part of the publisher's "My First Look At" series, this title is an excellent choice for preschool and elementary science classes.
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PreS-K-Cumulative stories that present the life cycles of their subjects. In Duck, a young boy observes the nesting habits of a pair of mallards and the hatching and growth of their ducklings. The second book looks at the life of a frog from conception to adulthood as seen by a little girl on her visits to the edge of a pond. Both books feature soft-colored illustrations on each two-page spread. Simple descriptions of the life cycles are on the outside of a flap; underneath are more detailed explanations of what is going on in a particular developmental stage with an additional picture or two. The suggested activities for parents at the end of the books would work as well for early childhood teachers. Acceptable introductions to the world of nature.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550746150
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: My First Look at Nature Series
  • Pages: 20
  • Age range: 3 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela is an award-winning author of over 35 non-fiction nature books for children, including The Kids Canadian Nature Series, My First Look at Nature Series, Animal Senses and Animals Hibernating. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

Heather Collins has been illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. Her body of work includes many nonfiction books, such as the award-winning A Pioneer Story and Out Came the Sun. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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