The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

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In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the tree frog and the wonder of Earth's creatures, large and small. Full color.

This frog found in the rain forest of Central America spends the night searching for food while also being careful not to become dinner for ...

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Overview

In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the tree frog and the wonder of Earth's creatures, large and small. Full color.

This frog found in the rain forest of Central America spends the night searching for food while also being careful not to become dinner for some other animal.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen Carden
...[Winner of] this year's Horn Book Award for best picture book....Stunning photos, sparse text, and brightly colored pages make this a clear and engaging story for young readers. An added bonus: The book is filled with frogs, snakes, and bugs — perfect for curious youngsters.
The Christian Science Monitor
Horn Book Magazine
Startlingly close-up photographs of rainforest fauna depict the nocturnal adventures of a red-eyed tree frog. The simple, aptly paced text relates the hungry frog's search for a meal and his close encounters with dangerous predators. "Do iguanas eat frogs? The red-eyed tree frog does not wait to find out." The brilliantly colored photographs provide detailed views of the insects turned down for the frog's supper, such as a poisonous caterpillar. Handsome design complements the narrative tension by featuring variously sized pictures placed on a green back-ground that deepens in shade as night comes down and the drama unfolds: a pale green sets a soft tone when evening arrives and the red-eyed tree frog awakes, but the color darkens to a rich forest green when a hungry boa snake slithers toward the tree frog. The spread immediately following is a magnificent two-page, full-bleed photo of the frog in a fully extended jump-narrowly escaping the predator. The pages then lighten again as the frog finds his meal at last and settles to sleep at daybreak. The wide range of perspectives in the photos and the friendly text imbues the tiny creature with appealing personality without the slightest hint of anthropomorphism, and an accessible afterword provides a good overview of facts on the subject. The engaging narrative and captivating pictures are perfectly attuned to the preschool audience-a rare and noteworthy find in nonfiction.
Children's Literature - Carol Lynch
What kid can resist the lure of a slimy creature? To satisfy their needs, Joy Cowley has written a simple story chronicling a day in the life of a red-eyed tree frog, which is accompanied by full-color photographs on each page. Readers follow the frog from the start of its day and learn about the dangers it faces as it searches for food. Packed with facts (including an information section at the back), this book will enhance studies of amphibian life, the food chain, and the rainforest. The only difficult part will be deciding which was better: the frog's narrow escape from a boa, or his meal of a moth!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In a tropical rain forest in Central America, a red-eyed tree frog spends the night looking for food while avoiding potential predators. Bishop's high-speed photographic techniques transport viewers to this distant world and allow them to see other creatures from the tree frog's perspective. Larger-than-life images document the hunt, brought to a satisfying conclusion as the well-camouflaged frog settles among the leaves to spend the daylight hours in sleep. Cowley's simple text provides a narrative arc for the amazingly sharp, clear photos. Those who want more information can consult the two pages of explanations that follow the story. Accessible to a much younger age group than most books about rain forests, this volume will also attract older readers because of the striking visuals.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Karen Carden
...[Winner of] this year's Horn Book Award for best picture book....Stunning photos, sparse text, and brightly colored pages make this a clear and engaging story for young readers. An added bonus: The book is filled with frogs, snakes, and bugs — perfect for curious youngsters.
The Christian Science Monitor
Kirkus Reviews
Bishop's spectacular photographs of the tiny red-eyed tree frog defeat an incidental text from Cowley (Singing Down the Rain, 1997, etc.). The frog, only two inches long, is enormous in this title; it appears along with other nocturnal residents of the rain forests of Central America, including the iguana, ant, katydid, caterpillar, and moth. In a final section, Cowley explains how small the frog is and aspects of its life cycle. The main text, however, is an afterthought to dramatic events in the photos, e.g., "But the red-eyed tree frog has been asleep all day. It wakes up hungry. What will it eat? Here is an iguana. Frogs do not eat iguanas." Accompanying an astonishing photograph of the tree frog leaping away from a boa snake are three lines ("The snake flicks its tongue. It tastes frog in the air. Look out, frog!") that neither advance nor complement the action. The layout employs pale and deep green pages and typeface, and large jewel-like photographs in which green and red dominate. The combination of such visually sophisticated pages and simplistic captions make this a top-heavy, unsatisfying title. (Picture book. 7-9) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590871754
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 679,245
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.42 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey. Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.

In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she “forgot” that she couldn’t read. “By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. “ And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”

She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. “During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making “big books” from them to use with their students. “Can you get these stories published?” they asked.

Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing — articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels — and books for children.

Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.

Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Pretty Little Frog!!! This book had amazing life like pictures.

    Pretty Little Frog!!!
    This book had amazing life like pictures. I think it would be a great read for Pre-K-Second grade. I read this book to my one year old and she was afraid to touch the pictures. Once she realized that the frog wasn't moving she relaxed and enjoyed it. I like how Cowley went through to show what a tree frog might eat or what might eat a tree frog. The last two pages of the book were very informative by talking about the frogs habitat.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Great book

    My son (age 7) loves this book. Great photos of tropical animals and insects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    What's for Dinner?

    Beautiful pictures. For young or sensitive readers, watch out, the frog has dinner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    A book my kids will always remember

    When my daughter was 2, she would recite the words to this book as I turned the pages. With text like 'katydid' this was an impressive task. It was always the #1 book picked off the shelf for a read. Now my 2nd child is 3 and 'Red-Eyed Tree Frog' lost it's first page. I'm getting ready to replace it but I wanted to share with everyone what a great book this is. The pictures are so vivid, they just suck the kids in. There are only 1-2 lines of text on a page but the way it is written really gets the kids thinking, asking questions and anticipating the outcome. I have a boy (3)and a girl (6) and it will be a long time before they outgrow this book. I think (for my daughter especially) that this will be one of those books that will remind her of her childhood. I hope you like it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    A GREAT BOOK FOR FROG LOVERS OF ALL AGES

    This book showed the night in the life of a red-eyed tree frog. My 2 1/2 year old daughter LOVES this book. The photographs are awesome and the text is both humorous and informative.

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