Toad by the Road: A Year in the Life of These Amazing Amphibians

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Explore a toad’s life cycle

Toads are small and often unseen by human eyes, but their world is rich and varied. The toads in these eloquent poems describe their many wonders, from sticky fly-catching tongues, to the way they shed skin, and camouflage. Joanne Ryder traces the life cycle of amphibians as they change from springtime tadpoles into full-grown toads that hibernate in winter. Maggie Kneen’s illustrations showcase toads in their ...

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Overview

Explore a toad’s life cycle

Toads are small and often unseen by human eyes, but their world is rich and varied. The toads in these eloquent poems describe their many wonders, from sticky fly-catching tongues, to the way they shed skin, and camouflage. Joanne Ryder traces the life cycle of amphibians as they change from springtime tadpoles into full-grown toads that hibernate in winter. Maggie Kneen’s illustrations showcase toads in their natural habitat with precise, dramatic detail. You’ll never think of toads the same way again!

 

Toad by the Road is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Factual poems describe the lives of toads throughout the seasons. A counting poem about singing introduces springtime. The poems that follow feature events in toads' lives, such as the change from tadpole to toad, dangers of crossing roads, and attributes of amphibians. Each page contains one poem, and a brief caption across the bottom gives additional information about the topic. This format continues throughout the seasons. Summer poems and information describe what toads eat, some differences between toads and frogs, and the value of having toads in family gardens. Fall entries include molting, defense techniques, and maturity. Toads hibernate through the winter, dreaming about spring and new life. Softly colored illustrations appear as double-page spreads for the introduction of each season. Smaller pictures complement the text on the other pages. A good introduction to toads for young children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805073546
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Ryder is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Earthdance and A Fawn in the Grass. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.

Maggie Kneen is the illustrator of many books for children, such as Thimbleberry Stories and Mouse Tail Moon. She lives in Cheshire, England.

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