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Children's LiteratureBaby frogs live in water, while adult frogs can breath air. How do frogs make this radical change? And where do baby frogs come from anyway? These questions—especially the last one, are all answered in this well-written book about frogs' childhoods (tadpolehoods?). The first few pages are about mating and the great variety of ways frogs handle their eggs: from the Pygmy Marsupial's carrying them under the skin of her back, to the Bullfrog's abandoning the eggs before they hatch. The book then covers the parents' roles (if any) in raising them, and the physical change from tadpole to frog. Some children will pretend to be grossed out by this book (the father Darwin Frog pees on the eggs to keep them damp!), and young children who do not yet know the basics of mating might get lost. This book is an excellent guide for just what it claims: slippery, slimy baby frogs. Large, full-color photographs are found on almost every page. Back matter includes a short glossary and an index, a guide to raising your own tadpoles, and a map showing where particular frogs are found. Pronunciation is worked into the text. 2006, Walker & Company, Ages 5 to 10.