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In a tropical rain forest in Central America, a red-eyed tree frog spends the night looking for food while avoiding potential predators. Award-winning photographer Nic Bishop's larger-than-life, gorgeous images document the hunt, which ends happily with the frog settling down in the leaves to spend his daylight hours sleeping! Joy Cowley's simple, readable text makes the frog's story fun, interesting, and accessible to young readers. This is a nature tale like you've never seen before!
About the Author
Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey. Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.
In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she “forgot” that she couldn’t read. “By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. “ And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”
She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. “During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making “big books” from them to use with their students. “Can you get these stories published?” they asked.
Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing — articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels — and books for children.
Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.
Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pretty Little Frog!!! This book had amazing life like pictures. I think it would be a great read for Pre-K-Second grade. I read this book to my one year old and she was afraid to touch the pictures. Once she realized that the frog wasn't moving she relaxed and enjoyed it. I like how Cowley went through to show what a tree frog might eat or what might eat a tree frog. The last two pages of the book were very informative by talking about the frogs habitat.
My son (age 7) loves this book. Great photos of tropical animals and insects.
Beautiful pictures. For young or sensitive readers, watch out, the frog has dinner!
When my daughter was 2, she would recite the words to this book as I turned the pages. With text like 'katydid' this was an impressive task. It was always the #1 book picked off the shelf for a read. Now my 2nd child is 3 and 'Red-Eyed Tree Frog' lost it's first page. I'm getting ready to replace it but I wanted to share with everyone what a great book this is. The pictures are so vivid, they just suck the kids in. There are only 1-2 lines of text on a page but the way it is written really gets the kids thinking, asking questions and anticipating the outcome. I have a boy (3)and a girl (6) and it will be a long time before they outgrow this book. I think (for my daughter especially) that this will be one of those books that will remind her of her childhood. I hope you like it too!
This book showed the night in the life of a red-eyed tree frog. My 2 1/2 year old daughter LOVES this book. The photographs are awesome and the text is both humorous and informative.