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Red-eyed Tree Frog

Red-eyed Tree Frog
Author: Joy Cowley
ISBN 13: 9780590871754
ISBN 10: 590871757
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 1999-03-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
List Price: $17.99

In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the tree frog and the wonder of Earth's creatures, large and small. Full color.

Horn Book Magazine

Startlingly close-up photographs of rainforest fauna depict the nocturnal adventures of a red-eyed tree frog. The simple, aptly paced text relates the hungry frog's search for a meal and his close encounters with dangerous predators. "Do iguanas eat frogs? The red-eyed tree frog does not wait to find out." The brilliantly colored photographs provide detailed views of the insects turned down for the frog's supper, such as a poisonous caterpillar. Handsome design complements the narrative tension by featuring variously sized pictures placed on a green back-ground that deepens in shade as night comes down and the drama unfolds: a pale green sets a soft tone when evening arrives and the red-eyed tree frog awakes, but the color darkens to a rich forest green when a hungry boa snake slithers toward the tree frog. The spread immediately following is a magnificent two-page, full-bleed photo of the frog in a fully extended jump-narrowly escaping the predator. The pages then lighten again as the frog finds his meal at last and settles to sleep at daybreak. The wide range of perspectives in the photos and the friendly text imbues the tiny creature with appealing personality without the slightest hint of anthropomorphism, and an accessible afterword provides a good overview of facts on the subject. The engaging narrative and captivating pictures are perfectly attuned to the preschool audience-a rare and noteworthy find in nonfiction.