This informational book on frogs is one in a series about endangered animals. It is his is an excellent resource book that avoids the "canned" feel such books (and series) often have. The text is clearly organized, beginning with more general information about frogs, including their life cycle and the distinction between frogs and toads. It then moves onto specifics about environmental threats including pollution and global warming and ends up with suggestions as to how young readers can help. A few glossaries are set off in boxes and key terms are bold-faced. The text is manageable for early fluent readers but does not "talk down" so that any age is likely to find it informational. Beginning with the amazingly blue frog on the front cover, the photo illustrations are wonderful; when it is appropriate, readers are provided with diagrams, such as the one showing the life cycle of the frog. While this book clearly would support classroom studies on frogs or environmental studies, it will have strong appeal to the many children who simply love informational texts, especially about animals. "Earth's Endangered Animals" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Lucid texts explore the problem of vanishing wildlife in a series of two-page sections, focusing on small, but key, members of the food chain. In large, easy-to-read print, each title presents basic facts about the animals (e.g., their outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, natural habitats, diets, etc.) and then outlines the factors involved in their decline. Closing sections briefly describe conservation efforts worldwide and suggest practical ways readers can help. Illustrations of these endangered species-a mix of clear color photographs and drawings-appear on almost every page; most are identified by common names in captions. The first two titles also include diagrams of the animals' life cycle; Insects includes shots of a variety of wildlife habitats. While general introductions to these animals often have short sections on endangered species, such as Martin Schwabacher's Butterflies and Frogs (both Benchmark, 2004), the information is, of necessity, limited. Jen Green's Endangered Butterflies (Benchmark, 1999) covers similar material and provides more detail on physical characteristics; however, the Crabtree book has a greater emphasis on the environmental factors threatening the insects and is more succinctly written. Useful additions to natural-history collections.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.