by Nic Bishop

For the first- to third-grade set, frogs are an end source of fascination, especially when looked at VERY close up.

And simple, engaging text conveys basic information about frogs -- as well as cool and quirky facts.

  • Series: Scholastic Reader
  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 4.29
  • Pages: 48
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2008 by Scholastic Nonfiction
  • Isbn10: 0439877555
  • Isbn13: 9780439877558

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It is interesting to read about the many facts that surround frogs and their life cycle. I know that the life cycle of frogs can be fun to study and I enjoyed reading this book full of wonderful pictures and information. Reader Response/Classroom Connections: Frogs can be integrated into any science lesson and I would allow my students to explore the life cycle of frogs. I would use this book as well as show a video on how frogs go through metamorphosis when they are tadpoles. If possible, I would try to find some frogs and bring them into the class for students to observe.

The photographs by Nic Bishop are incredible and the text is excellent. An aspect of the book that I loved was that the text on every page is of a decent length, however there is one sentence bolded and in another color (on every page) that gives the main idea of what that whole page describes. I was able to share this book with my students and they went back and were able to re-read most of the highlighted/bolded sentences on their own. :) I plan on using this book as a mentor text to talk about main ideas and finding the "gist" in a story. I guess reading that seemed to take a little bit of magic out of the book for me.

2) Horn Book (March/April, 2008) recommends Frogs for the Elementary crowd and says, "The text, however, is completely overshadowed by the photographs, which are stunningly crisp, colorful, and beautifully reproduced; it is difficult to stop gazing at them long enough to read more than that highlighted sentence (though those who do will find a fascinating depth of information)". I find both of these reviews helpful especially Booklists closing comment, "Even libraries with dozens of frog books on the shelf should make room for this eye-catching volume." On the strength of that sentence alone I would probably order this book unseen.

I first learned about his books when I read spiders over and over and over again.

Frogs that have see-through bodies?! I loved the centerfold too--what a great way to enjoy frogs!

(You'll love the slightly creepy/beautiful photo of the see-through glass frog!)

This text was also honored as "School Library Journals" Best Books: 2008, which award tests for having distinctive voices, singular vision, and/or innovative approaches ( "Nic Bishop Frogs" was also recognized as a 2008 Notable Childrens Book by the Association for Library Service to Children, which honors texts that are defined as worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. This text was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students in 2008, an award which is based on text accuracy, attractiveness, creativity, detailed graphics, and opportunity for continued exploration and journeys ( The reviewers of "Horn Book" agree, stating the texts are informative, covering basic anatomical, behavioral, and reproductive facts about frogs ( Phrases like it can survive months and perhaps even years and at first the tadpole may feed on small plants help distinguish theory from fact and further the accuracy of "Nic Bishop Frogs." This text is appropriate for its intended age range of third through sixth grade. This helps readers understand and identify the main idea given by both text and photograph on each given page. The National Science Teachers Association website exclaims, unusual facts as well as information concerning life cycles, defense tactics, and body structures will fascinate readers ( The innovative, clear, and captivating photographs alongside facts written in large type and contrasting colors helps spark interest and enthusiasm for learning about frogs. A fold-out page demonstrating the leap of a bullfrog, as well as unusual, unique, and sometimes gross facts and photographs (a few frogs will even freeze partly solid and the usually eat their old skin), help entice readers and give this text kid appeal.

Nic Bishop has amazing photographs and bold words that draw the readers attention and makes it an adventure to learn more about frogs. The visual elements of using photographs immediately draws the readers attention because it is REAL. By using these real photographs and easy to grasp information, the reader has an easier time being focused on the book.