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Being Frog

By: April Pulley Sayre

A frog is a being.
It is watching.
It is seeing…


Frogs are amazing creatures, and this book offers young readers an up-close and revealing peek at their everyday lives. Follow them from egg to tadpole to froglet crawling up onto land for the first time. Watch them resting on a favorite log, searching for food, and leaping through the air. And see how frogs are unique, individual beings with rich lives all their own in the wild.

Author’s note. Resources. Full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9781534428812

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Frogs , Life cycles , Animal habits and behaviors

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A green frog moves through its woodland environment, its motions described in short rhyming sentences that match the pace of the creature as it hunts, crawls, jumps, or remains motionless (“It climbs a cliff. / Mossy. Steep. / It sits so still. / Then, suddenly— / LEAP!”). The pairing of Sayre’s poems with her photographs is seamless. The p A green frog moves through its woodland environment, its motions described in short rhyming sentences that match the pace of the creature as it hunts, crawls, jumps, or remains motionless (“It climbs a cliff. / Mossy. Steep. / It sits so still. / Then, suddenly— / LEAP!”). The pairing of Sayre’s poems with her photographs is seamless. The pictures are skillfully composed, using light and depth of focus to center attention on frog facial expressions or positions, or to show how well the frogs use water, rocks, and foliage as camouflage. Often with one or both eyes seemingly looking directly at the viewer, the frogs—and Sayre’s poem—invite readers to contemplate their sentience. “A frog / is a being. / It is watching. / It is seeing… / Does it ponder? / We don’t yet know.” In an end note, Sayre (Woodpecker Wham!, rev/ 5/15; Warbler Wave, rev. 3/18) explains her enduring relationship with the frogs in this book (who live in her local pond) and explains the differences between her subjective observations and scientific study. Recommendations for additional resources, including an app that plays frog sounds, are included.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534428812

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

597.8

Trim Size

7" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 290L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Beach Lane

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Frogs, Life cycles, Animal habits and behaviors,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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