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NIC BISHOP FROGS by Nic Bishop Kirkus Star


by Nic Bishop & illustrated by Nic Bishop

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-87755-8
Publisher: Scholastic

Gliding frogs, glass frogs, growling grass frogs—who knew there were so many frogs in the world? Stupendous photographs combine with a genuinely enthusiastic text to open readers’ eyes to this lowly amphibian like nothing has before. Gorgeous full-bleed photos present ordinary garden toads and wood frogs with as much affection and admiration as their more exotic counterparts, golden eyes, glistening skin and all captured with incredible clarity. The text is a series of happy factlets that, when finished, provide a surprisingly thorough overview of frog physiology and behavior. In their detail, these tidbits go straight to kids’ interests—one African bullfrog downed 17 young cobras! A gliding frog can soar for 50 feet! Tadpoles absorb their tails as food! The beautiful design picks up on the frogs’ colors, a boldly indigo text box complementing a dart poison frog and a comfortable brown one, the spadefoot toad. A chatty author’s note gives insight into both Bishop’s enthusiasm and the painstaking techniques behind the spectacular images; a glossary and index complete the superlative whole. (Nonfiction. 4-8)