Can frogs fly, change color, or poison their enemies? This amazing nonfiction volume from the "Animals, Animals" series will answer any question you may have about frogs. This fascinating book explains the metamorphosis from egg to tadpole to frog, details ways frogs protect themselves, describes several varieties of frogs and their distinctive characteristics, and provides further information on all aspects of the life of a frog. Vivid illustrations and informative text make this an excellent choice for the upper elementary and middle school classroom, yet its colorful and descriptive illustrations allow it to be used by younger students. The book begins with a helpful table of contents, outlining the five sections of the book: "Introducing Frogs," "A World of Frogs," "Frog Bodies," "A Frog's Life," and "Frogs and People." A glossary and index provide the reader with helpful tools to make the information within the book more meaningful and accessible. The pictures capture the wonder of these creatures as the text artfully informs the reader about virtually all attributes of the frog. 2004, Benchmark Books, Ages 8 to 15.
Sarah Nelson DeWald
Gr 3-5-Useful additions to any nature collection, these titles have excellent, full-color photographs and lively texts that bring these animals to life. Each book covers physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, reproduction, and development of the young. Diagrams show body structure both inside and out. Octopuses includes fascinating sections on the use of color for camouflage and a project at the New England Aquarium that demonstrates the intelligence and curiosity of these sea creatures. Frogs has a chapter on habitat threat and the effects of pollution on the development of these amphibians. Helpful glossaries and fun and informative Web sites (some a little difficult to access) round out these eye-catching titles. Jenny Markert's Octopuses (The Child's World, 2001) has similar information and good-quality photographs, but lacks the liveliness of Jango-Cohen's book.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.