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K-Gr 4-Guiberson has carefully chosen and researched 11 varieties of frogs whose habitats are scattered across six continents. In the spare text, she provides a transliteration of each species' song and describes how its young are incubated and hatched. For example, the male Darwin's frog scoops his tadpoles into his mouth and-after seven weeks of incubation-spits out his little froglets. On a spread at the end, the author notes where each frog can be found, its size, and an interesting fact or two. Each of Spirin's exquisitely detailed, larger-than-life illustrations, created with tempera, watercolor, and pencil, provides a two-page close-up of a species in its native habitat, with a large, pale-hued area set aside to house the large-print text. There is just enough information to interest older children who can read the book themselves, but the realistic pictures and fascinating facts can be shared one-on-one with younger children as well. A thought-provoking author's note mentions species-endangering changes in the environment caused by pollution, global warming, and paving of natural pathways. "A frog song is a celebration of clean water, plants, and insects to eat," Guiberson cautions. A bibliography and list of outstanding informational websites are appended to this beautifully presented nature lesson.-Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Heights Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Guiberson, who teamed up with Spirin for the picture book Life in the Boreal Forest (2009), has written many science picture books. Here she introduces 11 frogs from around the world. Each appears on a double-page spread that includes a large, beautiful illustration and a paragraph of information mentioning the frog’s song and something unique about its species. For instance, the Great Plains narrow-mouthed toad shares a tarantula’s burrow and keeps it free of insects, while the Darwin’s frog’s tadpoles develop in their father’s vocal sac for seven weeks before they emerge from his mouth as froglets. An appended page, “Frogs in Trouble,” comments on environmental problems threatening the survival of frogs and affecting humans as well. While the main frog in each illustration is usually clearly delineated, other elements of the picture sometimes look hazy or misty, leaving viewers to wonder whether they represent things mentioned in the text or decorative parts of the scenes. Still, the fascinating facts and impressive tempera, watercolor, and pencil illustrations make this a distinctive introduction to frogs. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stunning illustrations and tightly focused text make the new book Frog Song (Guiberson, 2013) an ideal read aloud and independent read for k-5 students. On each two-page layout, Guiberson, the author of many many nonfiction books, describes the characteristics of a particular frog including -

- in varied bold fonts, the frog's sound (TINKTINKTINKTINK! the male midwife toad of Spain "clangs"),

- how a frog takes care of the eggs (in Ecuador, the Surnam toad carries eggs in the skin on its back),

- the role of moisture in the frog's life or the moisture in the frog's habitat (in Borneo, the four-lined tree frog "stirs up a foamy next to keep the eggs moist").

The main idea of this book is that if the sound of frogs is absent from a habitat, there may be environmental problems. In the author's note, Guiberson notes that 1/3 of the world's frogs are "struggling to survive."

There's so many ways to use this book with students - first enjoy it with them. Then use it as a mentor text for writing a tightly focused report with a main idea. For more of my thoughts on teaching with this text, find me by searching sunday cummins wordpress (my blog is Experience Nonfiction) and look at my reviews of k-2 or 3-5 books. See my book at Close Reading of Informational Texts: Assessment-Driven Instruction in Grades 3-8
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Format: Hardcover
Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Henry Holt & Company, 2013
36 pages
Recommended for all!

The stunning artwork is what drew me to this book. Inside you find information about frogs around the world, especially relating to songs and young. Filled with onomatopoeia it will be a treat to read with younger children. Older readers will be able to take away the extra information in the back of the book that tells stats and facts about the featured frogs.
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This book has a good story for young people. The art work was what drew me to this book first. This was a gift to an artist who loves Grennidy Sperin and was a hit.
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