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All about Frogs
     

All about Frogs

by Jim Arnosky (Illustrator)
 

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A thorough and colorful introduction to frogs by renowned naturalist Jim Arnosky.

From tadpole to frog, Jim Arnosky shows and tells kids how frogs grow and live. Big bullfrogs and tiny spring peepers, vivid tropical frogs and bronze swamp frogs spring from the pages of the book. Kids will learn why frogs can jump so far, what they eat and what eats them, the

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A thorough and colorful introduction to frogs by renowned naturalist Jim Arnosky.

From tadpole to frog, Jim Arnosky shows and tells kids how frogs grow and live. Big bullfrogs and tiny spring peepers, vivid tropical frogs and bronze swamp frogs spring from the pages of the book. Kids will learn why frogs can jump so far, what they eat and what eats them, the correct way to handle a frog, and how to recognize frogs by the sounds they make. And there is some information about toads, too!

This is the seventh book in the aaclaimed All About series. It will appeal to every young naturalist.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Wonderfully illustrated, this child's introduction to frogs is a delight. All kinds of facts are presented in an artistic and memorable fashion. First, frogs are clearly and succinctly distinguished from their toad relatives. Then, representative samples of the more than one thousand species of frogs are illustrated and labeled, from a one-inch chorus frog to a six-inch bullfrog. Next follows the discussion and depiction of tree frogs, including colorful poisonous ones. There are several pages on the parts of the frog. In the mating call section, we see how vocal sacs produce distinctive sounds such as JUG-O-RUM for the bullfrog or GRUNT GRUNT for the pig frog. The metamorphosis of the amphibian from tadpole to frog is shown as the gill and tail are replaced by lungs and limbs. A surprising two-page spread shows what frogs eat¾grubs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, mayflies and other frogs! Next, there's a spread on black of many of the animals that hunt frogs day and night, followed by a sunshiny spread of the escaped frog from the dark page into a happy, lily-pad-filled pond. The naturalist author-illustrator weds a scientific knowledge of the precise makeup of these creatures with a sensitive appreciation of nature. 2002, Scholastic Press,
— Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Arnosky takes full advantage of the greens in his palette for this exemplary introduction. Clear, simple text is complemented by careful, informative acrylic illustrations on every page. From the beginning definition of an amphibian to the more esoteric fact that frogs use their eyeballs to push their prey down their throats, the careful precision of word choice makes this book both understandable to and respectful of the serious intent of young researchers. The paintings introduce many types of frogs as they elucidate the points made in the text. Captions indicate which illustrations are life-size, and black silhouettes clarify anatomical features. Arnosky ends with a plea for protecting the animals' environment. Among the many introductory books about frogs, this is one of the best.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Usually a naturalist among naturalists, Arnosky (One Whole Day: Wolves, not reviewed, etc.) stumbles with this somewhat careless primer. Though in his green-tinged pictures he depicts a range of North American and tropical frogs, often life-sized, as well as their prey, predators, and stages of development, otherwise-anatomically-exact amphibians sport nether regions that look airbrushed, and every creature is labeled until the "predators" page-on which the turtle is represented only by a hard-to-recognize head. Furthermore, to state that "All amphibians are cold-blooded. They warm up in the sun and cool off in the shade" isn't particularly enlightening, and there are neither pronunciation guides for the scientific terms, nor any leads to sources of further information. Budding biologists will take a longer leap with Judy Hawes's new edition of Why Frogs Are Wet (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590481649
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.82(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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