Frog Song (Hardcover)

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Winter 2012 Kids Next List

“Reading this book is as good as a trip to the zoo. The descriptions of various frog species are fascinating and whimsical; not only does the reader learn tidbits such as the fact that male Darwin's frogs hatch tadpoles in their mouths, but also the many sounds beyond 'ribbit' that frogs can make. Spirin's illustrations are nothing short of incredible. Each page is lush, detailed, and vibrating with life.”
— Janet Minichiello, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC


Since the time of the dinosaurs, frogs have added their birrups and bellows to the music of the earth. Frogs are astonishing in their variety and crucial to ecosystems. Onomatopoeic text and stunning illustrations introduce young readers to these fascinating and important creatures, from Chile to Nepal to Australia, in Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson.
An NPR Best Book of 2013

About the Author

Brenda Z. Guiberson is the author of many books for children, including Life in the Boreal Forest; Ice Bears; Rain, Rain, Rainforest; The Emperor Lays an Egg; and the bestselling Cactus Hotel. She lives near Seattle, Washington.Gennady Spirin has been awarded five gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the first prize in both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs, and has been chosen four times for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Praise For…

*"There is just enough information to interest older children who can read the book themselves, but the realistic pictures and fascinating facts can be shared one-on-one with younger children as well." -- School Library Journal, starred review 

*“Guiberson speaks of frog voices as a beacon. . . . Spirin’s paintings make this a book to treasure.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review "Another harmonious salute to the natural world by an accomplished pair." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The fascinating facts and impressive tempera, watercolor, and pencil illustrations make this a distinctive introduction to frogs." -- Booklist

Praise for Life in the Boreal Forest:

“This nonfiction book shows why the boreal forest, home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, is as big and important as tropical rain forests.” —USA Today

* “Gorgeously intricate illustrations perfectly complement equally evocative text in this introduction to the great northern, or boreal, forest, which sprawls across the entire northern hemisphere. . . . Guiberson and Spirin manage to successfully convey the beauty and majesty of this forest and its denizens in two dimensions, and a list of organizations devoted to preserving the forest provides further information. An author’s note adds urgency to the message about the importance of preservation.” —Booklist, starred review

“Taking readers through the seasons, Guiberson and Spirin present a verbal and pictorial treasury for nature lovers and young researchers alike.” —School Library Journal

“Beautiful and useful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Each of the stunning paintings in this catalog of the boreal forest, the great northern forest, is breathtakingly beautiful. They are in the style of Audubon and other great naturalist painters. They breathe life into the creatures, give texture to their fur and feathers and capture a sense of place.” —The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805092547
ISBN-10: 0805092544
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Pages: 40
Language: English

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