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And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0823438341
LANGUAGE:English

" Excellent book about frogs! Good illustrations and great information. " said.

" A lyrical account of the life cycle of the bullfrog over many seasons - until the egg we see in the beginning becomes a big (not medium) bullfrog at the end. Delightful illustrations. " said.

" Note: I received an F&G of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019. " said.

" Very sweet illustrations. The book portrays the cyclical manner of a bullfrogs life in a rather disjointed way. The writer clearly added material to make the book longer. He spends more time on what the frogs are eating rather than their actual life cycle and the song of the bullfrog seems an afterthought. I appreciated the facts at the end and the illustrations will keep very young kids interested. " said.

" In the spring the bullfrogs sing, seeking mates. Readers then follow the life cycle of the bullfrog as eggs are laid, tadpoles hatch, and young frogs frolic. Winter hibernation leads to medium-sized frogs and it's another year before they are big bullfrogs and ready to start the cycle again. Big bold illustrations accompany the text, and the cover art shows the entire life cycle of the bullfrog. The narrative text is almost lyrical. This would be a good read-aloud for life cycle units. " said.

"This is a beautiful and informative picture book focusing on bullfrogs. The pitch-perfect text uses carefully-chosen words to describe the life cycle of these frogs while the illustrations, created with pencils and digital tools, adds humor to the facts provided here. The opening pages feature a bullfrog in search of a mate, using his song to attract potential partners. From that opening, the book describes the laying of eggs, the development of tadpoles, and the threats the young ones face as they continue to grow up. Those that survive must take shelter during the winter so that they can survive and begin it all over again, and again, and again. There is an understated yet mesmerizing quality about the writing that brings to mind Nature's rhythmic patterns; for instance, the last page states, "And the bullfrogs sing, rumm rumm rumm. A female picks her favorite singer. Soon there will be more tadpoles" (unpaged). Surely, this and the rest of the book will remind readers that life goes on for some species while hinting at the effects of natural selection through the chosen bullfrog singers. This book would be a good introduction to the topic or an excellent choice for an elementary science library collection. It's fun to read while also providing a solid overview of this particular life cycle. Back matter includes additional resources to learn even more. " said.

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