This nonfiction reader follows the ever-changing life of a frog as it grows from an egg to a tadpole to a full-grown frog!
The tiny black dots on the depicted plant are frog eggs. From that little black speck a tadpole will hatch and tadpoles sure don't look like frogs. After birth they eat plants and start to grow;the first big change is a pair of hind legs. These legs help it swim fast to avoid becoming prey to some big fish. Then front legs form and when the tail disappears, the frog is fully formed. Now it can make big leaps using its strong hind legs. The fascinating metamorphosis is depicted through excellent photographs and understandable text. However, don't miss the cartoon on the opening spread. A nonfiction "Green Light Reader," level 2 for grades 1-2. 2001, Harcourt, $10.95 and $3.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer:Marilyn Courtot