The tiny black dots on the depicted plant are frog eggs. From that little black speck a tadpole will hatch and tadpoles sure don't look like frogs. After birth they eat plants and start to grow;the first big change is a pair of hind legs. These legs help it swim fast to avoid becoming prey to some big fish. Then front legs form and when the tail disappears, the frog is fully formed. Now it can make big leaps using its strong hind legs. The fascinating metamorphosis is depicted through excellent photographs and understandable text. However, don't miss the cartoon on the opening spread. A nonfiction "Green Light Reader," level 2 for grades 1-2. 2001, Harcourt, $10.95 and $3.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer:Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Eye-catching, colorful photographs explain the development of a frog from egg to adult. Beginning readers will be attracted to this book from the first page, where they will see a partially submerged, bug-eyed frog staring directly at them. All photos are surrounded by ample white space, helping children directly associate the printed word with picture clues. There are only one or two sentences per page. A subtle surprise awaits those who turn to the very last page, where the same bug-eyed amphibian barely peeks out from the bottom edge, perhaps inviting readers to begin the book all over again. This easy-reader is a winner.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The lifecycle of the frog is succinctly summarized in this easy reader for children reading at the late first-grade level. In just one or two sentences per page, Vern details the amazing metamorphosis of the frog from egg to tadpole to adult, even injecting a little humor despite the tight word count. ("Watch out fly! Mmmm!) Large, full-color photographs on white backgrounds clearly illustrate each phase of development. Without any mention of laying eggs or fertilization, the title might be a bit misleading, but the development from black dot egg to full-grown frog is fascinating. A simple chart of the three main lifecycle steps is also included. Lifecycles are part of the standard curriculum in the early elementary grades, and this will be a welcome addition to school and public libraries, both for its informational value and as an easy reader. (Nonfiction/easy reader. 5-7)