From Tadpole to Frog

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From Tadpole To Frog is a simple explanation of how a tadpole becomes an adult frog. Watch a tiny jelly egg become a tadpole with a tail. See the tadpole hatch and grow four legs. Watch the tadpole's tail shrink and finally, see a full-grown frog! Full-color photographs show every stage of development.

Simple text and photographs explain how a tadpole becomes a frog.

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From Tadpole To Frog is a simple explanation of how a tadpole becomes an adult frog. Watch a tiny jelly egg become a tadpole with a tail. See the tadpole hatch and grow four legs. Watch the tadpole's tail shrink and finally, see a full-grown frog! Full-color photographs show every stage of development.

Simple text and photographs explain how a tadpole becomes a frog.

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The metamorphosis from tadpole to frog is one that always amazes. It starts with frog eggs in the water—which in a clump are called frog spawn. As the tadpoles grow, they finally wiggle out of their eggs and start to grow. First they develop gills, then a hard mouth, hind legs and lungs start to form. Eventually, the tadpole becomes a frog and once mature, the cycle starts again. All of these changes are depicted in full color photographs; some include close-up looks to see exactly what is happening. There is a glossary to define bolded words in the text and a note to parents stating the importance of reading nonfiction to and with children. There is also a suggested activity and a reference to the San Francisco Exploratorium's frog Web site. (I have seen the frog exhibit and it is quite extensive, as is the Web site.) A Scholastic Science Reader, Level 1, Kindergarten and first grade. 2002, Scholastic,
— Marilyn Courtot
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The story has been told many times in many books, but it is one that fascinates both adults and children. How does that fish turn into a frog? The cycle starts with an egg and a bunch of those eggs are called spawn. Finally little tadpoles emerge and they have gills to help them breath underwater. Like caterpillars, these tadpoles start eating and growing. First we see hind legs and learn that the gills have moved inside the body and in their place the front legs grow. Meanwhile the lungs are developing and the tadpoles' mouth is getting larger. Its diet changes and it starts eating bugs. The tail shrinks, webbing grows among fingers and toes and now we have an entirely different creature called a frog. This transformation is clearly explained in the text and the excellent full color photographs. The last page contains a glossary. Zoehfeld has created an excellent book for curious kids and those beginning to have an interest in science. A Level 1 book in the "Scholastic Reader" series that is appropriate for beginning readers. This book is targeted to grades prek-1, has a lexile of 680 and a word count of 261. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439316330
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1902
  • Series: Scholastic Reader Series: Level 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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Kathleen Zoehfeld

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld's books include Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?, Terrible Tyrannosaurs, and Dinosaur Babies, which School Library Journal said "will be welcomed with deserved delight by young dinophiles." She has also written Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young, an ALA Notable Book. Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld lives in Berkeley, California.

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