From Tadpole to Frogby Wendy Pfeffer, Holly Keller (Illustrator)
Wendy Pfeffer describes the amazing metamorphosis from tiny, jellylike egg, to little fishy tadpole, to great big bullfrog. Holly Keller has created the archetypal frog pond and we see it through the seasons as the tadpoles grow legs and lungs and eventually hop onto land: bullfrogs at last. "Well-designed ink drawings washed with soft-toned watercolors stretch across the double-page spreads, showing the action above and below water level. . . .an attractive, general introduction."BL.
1994 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
Best Children's Science Books, 1994 (Science Books and Films)
Author Biography: Wendy Pfeffer has written several other books for children,including From Tadpole to Frog and What's It Like to Be a Fish? both illustrated by Holly Keller. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, NJ.
Holly Keller has illustrated Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber, as well as her own books starring Horace and Geraldine. Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, CT.
Meet the Author
Wendy Pfeffer enjoyed early careers as a teacher and a nursery school director. She now devotes her time to writing and conducting workshops on creative writing for both adults and children. She is the author of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book Sounds All Around as well as The Gooney War and Popcorn Park Zoo. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, New Jersey.
Holly Keller has illustrated a number of books in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, including Be a Friend to Trees. She is also the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Island Baby and Horace.
Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, Connecticut.
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Fabulous book along with wonderful pictures. My kids loved it.
In response to the previous review, it does depend on the species - and the region. In the northeast US, species like bullfrogs and green frogs (Rana catesbeiana and R. clamitans respectively) can spend the winter as tadpoles. In other areas, they don't. I haven't read the book, but am considering it for my nephews because I study amphibians & reptiles for a living (including for my PhD). So...if this is the only factual concern you have, you can go back to enjoying the book.
I believe some of the information in the book is wrong. The book says that a tadpole remains a tadpole all summer and through the winter then becomes a frog in the spring. I believe that the tadpole hatches in the spring and is a frog by the end of summer. I have researched the frog's lifecycle and have found that the total lifecycle from egg to frog is 10-14 weeks, depending on the species. It's unfortunate if the information is wrong because my daughter loves the book and the pictures are great.