Read and Wonder BIG books are guaranteed to capture kids? attention - perfect for classrooms!. When a mother brings her daughter to a pond to collect some frog spawn the little girl isn?t sure what to expect. Day after day she checks on the jellylike bubbles until they turn into tadpoles which sprout stumps that turn into legs with webby feet. The engaging narrative and colorful illustrations accurately evoke each stage of a frog?s growth - in a story that will inspire children to experience firsthand the wonders...
Read and Wonder BIG books are guaranteed to capture kids? attention - perfect for classrooms!. When a mother brings her daughter to a pond to collect some frog spawn the little girl isn?t sure what to expect. Day after day she checks on the jellylike bubbles until they turn into tadpoles which sprout stumps that turn into legs with webby feet. The engaging narrative and colorful illustrations accurately evoke each stage of a frog?s growth - in a story that will inspire children to experience firsthand the wonders of the natural world. Part picture book for pleasure reading... and part practical how-to this dramatic account is the next best thing to setting up a hatchery of your own. - FAMILYFUN. Read and Wonder Big Book. Author: Vivian French. Illustrator: Alison Bartlett. Age range: 5 years - 8 years. Grade range: Kindergarten - Grade 3. Type/format: Nonfiction-picture / Big Book. 32 pages. Size: 14-3/4 x 16-1/8 .
A mother and child watch as tadpoles develop and grow into frogs.
They're growing and growing and growing!!!! Can you think of a more enjoyable activity than growing frogs? Through the eyes of a child, Vivian French tells a story with a tremendous sense of wonder and special times. In recounting a moment in her youth with her mother, a little girl learns about frog development. The little girl is fascinated as frog eggs develop to fully adult frogs. French's ability to recall the awe she felt when growing frogs creates a positive and light-hearted tone for this book. In addition to the story, French includes some of the ecology and importance of frogs. Alison Bartlett enhances the overall enjoyment of the book with wonderfully bright and simple illustrations. Included throughout the pages of the story are the proper procedures for gathering eggs and rearing frogs. This is an excellent book to read and include in many different class levels, but is particularly appropriate for younger children. 2000, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 9, $15.99. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-There's just something about Growing Frogs that captures the imagination. After a mother and daughter read a story about a frog that gets bigger and bigger, Mom suggests further study. Off they go to collect frog spawn (in small quantity from a man-made pond, lest the dwindling frog population be further endangered) and then watch the transformation and return the little frogs to the home pond. Spirited splashes of bright acrylics stretch and focus the enterprise to illustrate the developmental stages of a frog as the diminutive zoologist nurtures her cluster with Mom providing support when needed. Though the illustrations may not present the minute, scientific detail required in a field guide, they are just right for a first encounter with tadpole mysteries. The text presents all of the essential tips in such a lively manner that readers will want to become involved. Various factoids in smaller type appear throughout the adventure to ensure a successful experience. Though youngsters fascinated by frogs may be drawn to this text on their own, it will make a most rewarding read-together or read-aloud to a class. A hopping-good collaboration.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Vivian French has a lot of experience growing frogs. Every spring when her daughters were little, they visited the pond next door to collect some frog spawn and watch the tadpoles hatch. She says, "My cat was always very interested."
Alison Bartlett says that before she started working on the illustrations for GROWING FROGS, she thought frog spawn was "disgusting." Now she thinks it's amazing!