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Very First Things to Know about Frogs

Very First Things to Know about Frogs

by Patricia Grossman, Karen Barnes
     
 

Introducing the two latest additions to the American Museum of Natural History's Very First Things to Know About...series: Monkeys and Frogs. Written for four-to-seven-olds and backed by the impeccable authority of the Museum, each title combines the fun of interactive learning with fascinating science, and is embellished with detailed, realistic full-color

Overview


Introducing the two latest additions to the American Museum of Natural History's Very First Things to Know About...series: Monkeys and Frogs. Written for four-to-seven-olds and backed by the impeccable authority of the Museum, each title combines the fun of interactive learning with fascinating science, and is embellished with detailed, realistic full-color illustrations, call-outs, and activities that make use of the 25 die-cut, reusable color stickers included with each copy.

Frogs is another natural - a step-by-step factual narrative of the friendly neighborhood pond dweller familiar to many children firsthand.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Two weak entries in the rapidly growing field of nonfiction aimed at young children. Unfortunately, the books' format works against them. On each two-page spread, a basic fact is printed in large type and is followed by a brief explanation and several more related tidbits. Given the broad subjects, the information ends up being general e.g., "Monkeys have different ways of getting from place to place" or "Frogs have long, strong legs." No allowances are made for the inevitable differences among species. This generalization is also apparent in the illustrations. The full-color artwork is adequate, but although various species are shown, none are named an approach that creates more questions than answers. Also problematic are the books' "interactive" elements, which vary greatly in difficulty. Some questions require the use of reusable stickers (included at the back of the books), which creates all manner of circulation nightmares. This game approach might have some appeal, but the information is so minimal that most children will be better served by any of the far superior titles that already exist on these subjects. Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Childrens Book Watch
Two of Workman's American Museum of Natural History "Very First Things to Know" titles will appeal to kids juststarting to learn about wildlife and animals. The bright realistic drawings and frog facts in Frogs and monkey facts of Monkeys (1134-4 $8.95) assume no prior knowledge: kids in grades 1-3 will find these engaging, easy readers which provide fine basic introductions.
—Childrens Book Watch
The American Museum of Natural History supervised production of this slim book and has had it engineered to be used in a variety of ways. Adults can show the colorful illustrations to prereaders. Any child can try to puzzle out where in the illustrations to place the reusable stickers. A child who reads can learn 15 broad concepts about frogs. Or the child can read the smaller type on the same pages and learn several facts within each concept. Or he or she can read the smallest type and learn even more facts about frogs. The illustrations, which will be of great interest to young children, show many kinds of frogs, each in its own environment. The text can appropriately enlarge a child's vocabulary. This book includes a large amount of information presented in a highly readable style; it would be suitable for use in kindergarten through grade three and also in a home setting. (an American Museum of Natural History Book.) Highly Recommended, Grades PreK-Grade 4. REVIEWER: William F. Read (Educational Consultants)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761107316
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Series:
Very First Things to Know about Series
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Grossman is the author of Very First Things to Know About Ants and Saturday Market.

Karen Barnes was a longtime illustrator at Hallmark and currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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