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Noisy Frog Sing-Along

Noisy Frog Sing-Along

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by John Himmelman

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When frogs get together, they love to sing! They fill their big, bulgy throat pouch with air and sing out loud. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creek, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! It's a chorus that happens near almost every pond and stream. Learn more about these delightful creatures - and sing along with them! very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs


When frogs get together, they love to sing! They fill their big, bulgy throat pouch with air and sing out loud. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creek, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! It's a chorus that happens near almost every pond and stream. Learn more about these delightful creatures - and sing along with them! very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it - and it's not with their voices! Plus the author offers several intriguing bug games.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
After noting that only male frogs sing, Himmelman takes us to visit twelve different frogs. Each appears on a double page with the sound of his "song." A peeper peeps; green frogs plunk; toads trill in the garden and growl in the sand; the bullfrog jug-o-rums; the pickerel frog growls "roowwl;" chorus frogs "creak;" the mink frog goes "cuk cuk;" the spadefoot toad cries "waah" from a puddle in the desert; tree frogs go "ribbit" or "meep;" while a salamander, a frog relative, crawls silently with no throat pouch to sing with. The final double page puts all the "songs" together. The vocalizations are designed in bold block letters and printed in varying colors to enhance the chorus. The resulting double-page scenes are effective combinations of part or all of a naturalistic frog with the appropriate sound in an attractive context. All the sounds make for an amusing read-aloud. Readers can find the actual sounds on the publisher's web site. Additional information on each creature is included, along with suggested activities. This is a sequel to Noisy Bug Sing-Along. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this follow-up to Noisy Bug Sing-Along (Dawn, 2013), Himmelman wows with large-scale, realistic paintings of various frogs and toads in their natural habitats. After a paragraph introducing why and how these creatures produce sounds, each following spread features one species, from peepers and toads to bullfrogs and pickerels. The richly colored backgrounds are as varied as a purple sky above a creek and a blazing desert. The author includes a silent salamander, explaining its close relation as an amphibian. Many children will enjoy mimicking the diverse noises, and budding biologists will savor the illustrations.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Children's Literature - Jill Walton
The following words sound like they belong to the world of music: “jug-o-rum,” “creek,” “plunk” and imitate some of the night courting sounds of frogs as they expand their throats and keep their mouths shut. Young children, along with their teachers and parents are in for an eye-opening and entertaining adventure into the natural world of amphibians and their habitats. The possibilities for hilarity cannot be avoided. The versatility of the sounds of individual croakers and the large accurate illustrations of them in their various environments demand this picture book be a launching pad for a multitude of activities. The art work is bold with rich colors and the text is succinct. The frog’s name, location and identifying marks are just the facts to link with the amphibian’s identify. Since this age of intended audience learns best through listening, what a party children three to eight are going to have! The audience will leap to identify frogs that croak the sounds of the letter “P” and will identify the “pickerel frog” and the “green frog” and certainly imitate their sounds, “Peep-peep” and “Plunk, plunk.” The illustrated glossary at the back of the book gives more details about each amphibian named and the activities suggested such as making a toad house or visiting a pond at night are excellent. The reader and audience will recognize and treasure these sounds all their lives. Reviewer: Jill Walton; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
Himmelman follows up his salute to noisy bugs with a look at frogs--how and why they sing and what their songs sound like. Patterned similarly to his Noisy Bug Sing-Along (2013), each double-page spread focuses on a single sound--which reaches across the pages in a huge font--made by a frog or toad, some identified, some not. "A Peeper peeps in the cold spring rain. Peep-peep-peep." To help readers imagine their tunes, many of the sounds are compared to other things--a plucked banjo, an angry sheep--while others use onomatopoeia--cuk, meep, ribbit--and still others are described as verbs--cry, trill, growl. Still, readers would do well to consult the sound files on the publisher's website (not heard) or hope that a companion app will be along shortly. Inexplicably, a salamander is featured in the middle of the book, silent without a throat pouch to sing. While Himmelman's frogs are realistic (and up-close and huge in the seemingly digital illustrations), his backgrounds are less so, sometimes reflecting actual habitats, other times simply a (bright) color wash. Backmatter includes a page of activities that will allow readers to further explore frogs and a paragraph about each of the featured fauna. It's just too bad this wasn't folded into the text. Without benefit of recordings, onomatopoeia alone can't convey what the book hopes to. (Informational picture book. 3-8)

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Dawn Publications
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9.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.10(d)
AD570L (what's this?)
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4 - 7 Years

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Noisy Frog Sing-Along 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Noisy Frog Sing-Alongis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
sing along with frogs If you were a frog, what kind of song would you like to sing? Would you rather go “ribbit, ribbit” or just say “peep, peep”? When I was a boy growing up in the country, we had a small, shallow pond on our property, and it contained lots of frogs which made all kinds of noises, especially at night. Author and illustrator John Himmelman describes the songs of different kinds of frogs, such as spring peepers, green frogs, bullfrogs, pickerel frogs, and others, along with some frog relatives like toads and salamanders. What kind of sound do you think a salamander makes? And do you know whether it is the male or female frogs which sing? When frogs get together, they sing, making all kinds of wild sounds. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creak, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! This happens near almost every pond and stream. Noisy Frog Sing-Along will help children to learn more about these amazing creatures and even to sing along with them. In the back of the book are a couple of pages which provide further information about the frogs and suggest some additional educational activities. Kids who love frogs will like this book. Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including his other “noisy” book, Noisy Bug Sing-Along!, which was reviewed here previously.