By: Shannon Zemlicka
Publisher: Lerner Publications
Publication Date: January 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 2012
When anyone thinks about what a frog sounds like, they say ribbit, ribbit! Frogs don't start out looking like frogs, but instead start out as a mass of eggs that a mother frog lays. They are black and "thick goo covers the eggs to protect them." The little animal inside the egg stays there for a month and then hatches into a tadpole. They still don't look like frogs, but instead look more like little black fish. The tadpoles do have gills like fish so they can breathe under water.
At first the tadpole has to hang onto something in the water because it is not strong enough to swim. When it starts to grow its tail gets longer until it can swim. The tadpole uses up energy and gets hungry. It "eats tiny plants that grow underwater" and sometimes eats other tadpoles. You'll also learn about the bumps that appear on its body, how they grow into legs, the growth of their lungs, when it "leaves the water" to become a froglet, and how you'll know when it becomes a frog.
This is a very basic, but high interest, beginning nonfiction book that newly independent readers will enjoy. Bold full page photographic illustrations follow a titled paragraph. For example, when we learn about what the tadpole eats, the simple, bold print title reads "The tadpole starts to eat." In the back of the book is an index and glossary. This is one title in the series, "Start to Finish." There are free downloadable educational resources on the publisher's website.
Quill says: This is an excellent book that outlines the growth of a tadpole to a frog.