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Author: Jenkins, Martin
Explore all kinds of frogs, from the most exotic to the greenish-brown specimens in backyards.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 178476
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 67529
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/15)
School Library Journal (01/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/03/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2015 This informational picture book features an assortment of unusual frogs indigenous to Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. Distinct among Jenkins’ curious list of amphibians are the world’s largest (Goliath) and smallest (from Papua New Guinea), a pointy-nose variety (Darwin’s frog) that carries tadpoles in a pouch located in its throat, a flying frog that floats in the air as it jumps from tree to tree, and a hairy frog that “doesn’t have any real hair.” Yet out of the whole frog collection, Jenkins shares that his favorite is “the medium-size, greeny-brown one that sits on a lily pad” in his backyard pond. Unique to Jenkins and Hopgood’s collaboration is the book’s design. Wonderfully sprinkled throughout, Hopgood’s vibrant, eye-catching mixed-media renditions of frogs in mottled, earthy hues aptly complement Jenkins’ accompanying narrative. Ideal for a wide range of early elementary students, the simple sentences appear in large fonts for younger readers, while smaller fonts contain additional amphibian facts for the older sector. Includes a kid-friendly index and great websites for further research. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Jenkins and Hopgood team up to share their zeal for frogs in this attractively packaged showcase of different species. Western Africa's goliath frog, Australia's striped rocket frog, and Southeast Asia's flying frog are among the animals represented in this worthy informational picture book. A concise introduction on behavior and development precedes the title page. Each page features large, simple, though at times repetitive, narrative, as well as text rendered in a smaller font that goes into slightly more detail and eye-popping mixed-media artwork. Hopgood's visuals are populated with active frogs. Backgrounds are blue, green, orange, and yellow; a few illustrations include environmental details such as branches and leaves. Clusters of eggs and swimming tadpoles fill the endpapers and add to the appeal. Those looking for more information on these animals can turn to Jim Arnosky's All About Frogs (Scholastic, 2002), Peter Murray's Frogs (Child's World, 2007), or Seymour Simon's Frogs (HarperCollins, 2015), which feature color photos and are aimed at slightly older students. VERDICT A strong choice for group storytimes or science lessons, this volume will spark children's interest.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.