Being Frog
Being Frog

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Annotation: From award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre comes a stunning photographic look at the fascinating live... more
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #211039
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-534-42881-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-01726-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-534-42881-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01726-9
Dewey: 597.8
LCCN: 2019010139
Dimensions: 18 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Photo-illustrator and author Sayre introduces green frogs using a combination of crisp-edged photographs and succinct, rhyming text that never anthropomorphizes. Spreads are composed of short text sections and several related photos. For example, "First egg, / then tadpole. / Two legs. Four. / A tiny froglet / climbed ashore" is accompanied by five color photographs, each depicting a developmental stage. She emphasizes that these creatures are alive ("A frog / is a being"), neither human nor toy, and resists the urge to assume intent or motive ("Does it ponder? / We don't yet know"). An informative author's note describes her creative process (photographing four hours per day for several months), explains how to tell males and females apart (a male green frog has a yellow throat and an ear disc larger than its eye), and recounts some personal experiences with the frogs she observed. While Sayre doesn't include typical report factoids (body parts, habitat, size), the accessible text and spectacular illustrations make this a stunning first look at these amphibians.
Publishers Weekly
Focused on frogs- essential frog-ness rather than anthropomorphized interpretations of amphibian life, Sayre uses rich photographs and evocative language to explore how frogs might understand and experience their environments. Spare, poetic language with a loose sense of rhyme is paired with photographs documenting frogs at rest and in motion: -A frog must hunt./ It scans. It spies./ It crawls. It lunges./ It fails. Retries.- Sayre-s close-up photos have a crystalline lucidity, immersing readers in the animals- lush, watery world. Simple questions (-Does frog time fly? Or trail, snail-slow?-) invite readers to consider how the world may look and feel to a frog. A robust author-s note thoughtfully explains how the book was made, as well as the differences between anecdotal evidence and scientific study. Sayre-s gentle argument--for me a made-up frog cannot match the beauty of a real frog-a creature so alive in its pond world--persuades. Ages 3-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 A frog is a living being with habits and needs. The author's spare verse walks the reader through detailed photographs of a frog's typical day, including lots of waiting, swimming, and leaping. The text does a good job of evoking and contextualizing a frog's life without overwhelming readers with excessive information by using simple rhymes. Notable omissions, including a frog's diet, make this best for a very young audience rather than for research projects. Detailed photographs show frogs in their natural habitats and reveal the textures and tones of a pond, a plant, or a rock. The photos could encourage crowd participation in a storytime setting; the storyteller could ask very young children to find the frog on the page, list the plants or environments they see, or describe what the frog is doing (swimming, sitting, climbing). While resources for further exploration are limited to three websites, the inclusion of a resource for recorded frog songs and calls is a unique feature. VERDICT A beautifully photographed nonfiction book suitable for read-aloud. Savannah Kitchens, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL
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ALA Booklist (12/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews (12/1/19)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (12/1/19)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: 290L

From award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre comes a stunning photographic look at the fascinating lives of frogs.

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.

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