Marsh Music

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At night, ten different species of frogs convene in a marsh. Fireflies light up the scene and Maestro bullfrog raises his baton. The music begins, softly at first, but builds to a crescendo as the night goes on. Just before dawn, the frogs depart—but the serenade is not over. . . Although the story is a fantasy, each of the different species of frogs has been carefully portrayed, and described by the author in an Afterword. The musical terms are defined in a glossary. Young naturalists who are fond of frogs as ...

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At night, ten different species of frogs convene in a marsh. Fireflies light up the scene and Maestro bullfrog raises his baton. The music begins, softly at first, but builds to a crescendo as the night goes on. Just before dawn, the frogs depart—but the serenade is not over. . . Although the story is a fantasy, each of the different species of frogs has been carefully portrayed, and described by the author in an Afterword. The musical terms are defined in a glossary. Young naturalists who are fond of frogs as well as youngsters who enjoy music will have a wonderful time as part of the marsh's nocturnal audience.

During the night, the marsh comes alive with the singing of all kinds of frogs, from spring peepers and wood frogs to leopard and pig frogs.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
People do love to have fun drawing frogs. Moreover, frogs and music go together naturally, and here is a picture book to prove it. As twilight settles on the marsh, Maestro frog hops on his mound, lifts his reed baton, and starts to conduct an amphibian concert. There are chorus frogs, spring peepers, wood frogs, and leopard frogs--so many different kinds! Each one is labeled and lovingly painted in watercolors. They are seen leaping like ballerinas over lily pads, playing instruments, and lining up on logs to sing their little hearts out. The text is written in singsong rhyme, which might not work as well if the illustrations weren't so charming. Many musical terms are mentioned and add interest, such as tempo, three-quarter time, moderato, and animato. If you are not familiar with these words, don't worry. There is a musical glossary in the back, as well as a thorough description of all the different frogs mentioned in the book. Preschoolers will appreciate the humorous illustrations, and many will find that with a little effort, there is a lot of interesting information to be found here. 2000, The Millbrook Press,
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PreS-Gr 3-As night falls on the pond, an unusual orchestra assembles. As fireflies light up the stage, Maestro bullfrog leads the chorus frogs, spring peepers, American toads, and others in an outdoor symphony. Berkes incorporates sounds such as "woink-woink" and "twang" into the rhythmic text that re-creates the atmosphere of a lazy summer evening. Noreika's watercolor illustrations bring to life the amphibious musicians as well as the other animals in the audience. Shades of green, brown, and blue capture the watery setting. A glossary of musical terms Berkes uses in her concert description provides helpful definitions. She also offers a brief paragraph about each kind of frog and toad appearing in "the cast." Marsh Music has the visual and verbal pizzazz to make it a read-it-again treat.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761374619
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 765,968
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Berkes is the author of ten picture books, all inspired by her love of nature. A former teacher, librarian and children's theater director, Marianne brings her experiences to good use, as she combines fact and fiction. Berkes is a favorite presenter at schools, conferences, and literary festivals. She lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, with her husband, Roger.

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