Fabulous Frogs

illus. by Tim Hopgood. 32p. index. websites. Candlewick. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763681005.
PreS-Gr 2—Jenkins and Hopgood team up to share their zeal for frogs in this attractively packaged showcase of different species. Western Africa's goliath frog, Australia's striped rocket frog, and Southeast Asia's flying frog are among the animals represented in this worthy informational picture book. A concise introduction on behavior and development precedes the title page. Each page features large, simple, though at times repetitive, narrative, as well as text rendered in a smaller font that goes into slightly more detail and eye-popping mixed-media artwork. Hopgood's visuals are populated with active frogs. Backgrounds are blue, green, orange, and yellow; a few illustrations include environmental details such as branches and leaves. Clusters of eggs and swimming tadpoles fill the endpapers and add to the appeal. Those looking for more information on these animals can turn to Jim Arnosky's All About Frogs (Scholastic, 2002), Peter Murray's Frogs (Child's World, 2007), or Seymour Simon's Frogs (HarperCollins, 2015), which feature color photos and are aimed at slightly older students.
VERDICT A strong choice for group storytimes or science lessons, this volume will spark children's interest.

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