Frog Hunt

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"On a bright summer morning we set out to catch a frog." And in the passing of a perfect summer afternoon, a group of children discover all sorts of life in a freshwater pond: plump lazy tadpoles, darting skimmers, silvery minnows, and even a waddling muskrat. Handsome hand-tinted photographs by an acclaimed author and photographer illustrate this story of discovery.

A group of children set out on a summer morning to catch a frog and along the way they observe a muskrat, minnows, and a fish as well. ...

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Overview

"On a bright summer morning we set out to catch a frog." And in the passing of a perfect summer afternoon, a group of children discover all sorts of life in a freshwater pond: plump lazy tadpoles, darting skimmers, silvery minnows, and even a waddling muskrat. Handsome hand-tinted photographs by an acclaimed author and photographer illustrate this story of discovery.

A group of children set out on a summer morning to catch a frog and along the way they observe a muskrat, minnows, and a fish as well.

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The simple-to-read text, only a few words per page, sets a sunny mood for the children’s nature adventure, and Jordan’s hand-tinted photos capture what they see as if looking over their shoulders.”—

School Library Journal

This quiet, large-type book uses simple vocabulary and pictures to support its descriptions of the site and observations about the creatures. Hand-tinted photographs capture the glare of the summer sun and show how difficult it can be to see wildlife in the pond when it blends into its surroundings.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Toting nets and buckets, a group of children spend a hot day wading through a pond, searching for an elusive amphibian, and discover that nature offers numerous other rewards. Jordan’s (co-author of Chuck Close: Up Close ) subtle hand-tinting of her splendidly detailed photographs heighten the beauty and intrigue of the setting without distancing it from reality. Slightly bleached tones convey the languid heat and reflective light of the summer sun. The opening and closing spreads show the expanse of the watery habitat, but most of the photographs are close-ups of a gossamer insect teetering on a reed, a plump muskrat sliding through glassy, rippling water, and finally the frog evading its pursuers (who later catch and then release it) in a radiant landscape of green and yellow hues. Jordan’s short, simple sentences make a strong impact even as the voice wavers between the cadence of a child (“All day long we look and look. We hear frogs’ croaking voices. Where can they be?”) and a more sophisticated lyrical style (“A school of minnows silvers the waters”—an apt articulation of what is perhaps the most remarkable photograph, a full spread of the tiny fish). This powerfully evocative book strikes just the right balance between adventure story and a reverie of a much savored nature retreat.

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Toting nets and buckets, a group of children spend a hot day wading through a pond, searching for an elusive amphibian, and discover that nature offers numerous other rewards. Jordan's (co-author of Chuck Close: Up Close) subtle hand-tinting of her splendidly detailed photographs heighten the beauty and intrigue of the setting without distancing it from reality. Slightly bleached tones convey the languid heat and reflective light of the summer sun. The opening and closing spreads show the expanse of the watery habitat, but most of the photographs are close-ups of a gossamer insect teetering on a reed, a plump muskrat sliding through glassy, rippling water, and finally the frog evading its pursuers (who later catch and then release it) in a radiant landscape of green and yellow hues. Jordan's short, simple sentences make a strong impact, even as the voice wavers between the cadence of a child ("All day long we look and look. We hear frogs' croaking voices. Where can they be?") and a more sophisticated lyrical style ("A school of minnows silvers the waters" an apt articulation of what is perhaps the most remarkable photograph, a full spread of the tiny fish). This powerfully evocative book strikes just the right balance between adventure story and a reverie of a much savored nature retreat. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Full page hand-tinted photographs of pond life are featured in this information book that reads like a story. The photos fill the entire page and the simple text is placed in a box. A handful of children tell the story of visiting the pond with the purpose of catching a frog and letting him go. The camera is pointed at the pond, not the children. On their adventure they see a muskrat, minnows, toad, turtle and fish. Finally they spy the illusive green frog that the reader sees in some of the photos before the children. It is this anticipation and the letting go of the captured frog that make the book appropriate for young naturalists. The photos have an artistic quality that may appear "fuzzy" to some eyes, but it enhances young children's ways of seeing. 2002, Roaring Brook Press,
— Jacki Vawter
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-On their way to catch a frog, a group of children observe a muskrat, minnows, and fish in a pond. The quiet, large-type text uses simple vocabulary and pictures to support its descriptions of the site and observations about the creatures. Hand-tinted photographs capture the glare of the summer sun and show how difficult it can be to see wildlife in the pond when it blends into its surroundings. But by day's end, the children catch their frog, and after a quick look at it, return it quickly to its natural home. Endnotes tell facts about kettle ponds, which developed from glaciers that left behind depressions in the earth. This easy-to-read title is more encompassing of pond life in general than Alex Vern's Where Do Frogs Come From? (Harcourt, 2001).-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761315926
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Jordan has written and illustrated several previous books for young readers, and collaborated with Jan Greenberg on many distinguished books about art, including Chuck Close: Up Close and Action Jackson. She lives in New York City.

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