April 30, 2015
Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Whenever and wherever frogs and toads have enough water to keep themselves and their eggs alive, they can be heard croaking and ribbeting and buzz out a song. Each song is as unique as the creature that makes it.
From the strawberry poisoon dart frog in the rain forests of Costa Rica to Spain’s midwife toad, Guiberson introduces young readers to a whole host of frogs and toads. Each spread is devoted to a different animal with information on its ecosystem, its call and how the creature prepares for its young.
Because our local zoo has an excellent herpaterium, I was familiar with the leaf-like Surinam toad as well as the strawberry poison dark frog, but Chile’s Darwin frog and the Archey’s frog from New Zealand were brand new. No matter how well your child knows frogs and toads, there will be something to learn about in this book including one frog that carries the tadpoles in its vocal sack to keep them safe and a toad that shares its burrow with a tarantula.
Spirin combined tempera, watercolor and pencil to create richly colored illustrations full of depth and detail that bring these creatures to life. Don’t be surprised when your young reader wants to page through the book just to study the amazing amount of detail in each of these illustrations.
Share this book with your class before you study ecosystems or ecology. It is also a must for frog and toad lovers of all ages. Hop on out and grab a copy today.