Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Frog Song” as Want to Read:
Frog Song
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Frog Song

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  342 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Since the time of the dinosaurs, frogs have added their birrups and bellows to the music of the earth. Frogs are astonishing in their variety and crucial to ecosystems. Onomatopoeic text and stunning illustrations introduce young readers to these fascinating and important creatures, from Chile to Nepal to Australia.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Frog Song, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Frog Song

Journey by Aaron BeckerThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltThe Dark by Lemony SnicketFlora and the Flamingo by Molly IdleMr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter  Brown
2014 Mock Caldecott
34th out of 79 books — 219 voters
The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah HeiligmanOn a Beam of Light by Jennifer  BerneA Splash of Red by Jennifer Fisher BryantLocomotive by Brian FlocaWho Says Women Can't Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone
Childrens NonFiction 2013
11th out of 119 books — 39 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 597)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Caryn Caldwell
Frog Song describes the lives of eleven different kinds of frogs and toads, from their croaks and bellows, to their habitats, to their birthing methods. (The male Darwin's frog, for example, carries its tadpoles in its vocal sacs for seven weeks as they grow.) A note in the back gives more detail about the types profiled in the book, followed by a call to action, a bibliography, and a list of websites for those who wish to research further.

The artwork is gorgeous, the individual songs -- phonet
GORGEOUS!!!! These illustrations are so beautiful I'd love them for my walls. I wish there was a map included as kids are pretty hazy about where countries are in the world and it would have also been nice to have page numbers and be able to reference that from the fast facts page. Still visually splendid and the text reads aloud wonderfully.
Stunning illustrations and tightly focused text make the new book Frog Song (Guiberson, 2013) an ideal read aloud and independent read for k-5 students. On each two-page layout, Guiberson, the author of many many nonfiction books, describes the characteristics of a particular frog including -

in varied bold fonts, the frog’s sound (TINKTINKTINKTINK! the male midwife toad of Spain “clangs”),

how a frog takes care of the eggs (in Ecuador, the Surnam toad carries eggs in the skin on its back),

the rol
This is one breathtaking nonfiction book about frogs. The book takes a look at various fascinating species from around the world, explaining what makes that species so special. Delving deeper than skin deep, the strawberry poison dart frog from the cover is celebrated for the unique way she lays her eggs: five at a time and then when the tadpoles emerge she carries each of them to their own pool of water up in the trees. Each turn of the page brings another strange and amazing frog with its own ...more
Sharon Lawler
Beautiful double spread artwork in tempera, watercolor, and pencil on watercolor paper by Gennady Spirin, several of which I’d love to have framed! The information describes the distinctive “ribbits” of frogs from around the world. While the major part of the book emphasizes these specific vocalizations, information about the range, size, and an unusual fact are provided in the back, along with a note from the author on the concerning their struggle to survive. Excellent bibliography, which incl ...more
Gennady Spirin's oil paintings are incredibly realistic and detailed. Guiberson has chosen fascinating frogs from around the world to feature here, distilling an amazing amount of information into a relatively short and very readable text. Frog sounds are highlighted by different fun typefaces - squishy squirm/BUZZBUZZBUZZ/Zap! Locations around the world are delineated by use of red color for the font. Flowers, eggs, froglets, other animals (like the tarantula, a dragonfly, a bee) and the surrou ...more
Sue Edwards
Whenever and wherever frogs and toads have enough water to keep themselves and their eggs alive, they can be heard croaking and ribbeting and buzz out a song. Each song is as unique as the creature that makes it.

From the strawberry poisoon dart frog in the rain forests of Costa Rica to Spain’s midwife toad, Guiberson introduces young readers to a whole host of frogs and toads. Each spread is devoted to a different animal with information on its ecosystem, its call and how the creature prepares f
Heather Hilliker
This is a special nonfiction story about the frog species, and how they are all throughout the world. In this tale the author discusses a variety of types of frogs, and intertwines her text in a format with many factual components regarding frogs throughout a multitude of continents. The book discusses frogs from Costa Rica, to even Ecuador, and the frogs each have a certain noise that accompanies them. Each frog page has different sounds and croaks to resemble the various songs that frogs sing. ...more
The front dust jacket gives an accurate and enthusiastic book talk including setting up the reader for not only the topic, but the fact that the book will contain onomatopoeic text and awesome illustrations. The endpapers show different types of frogs in a natural setting with lifelike lilypads, water grasses, and blooms. Even the title page is beautifully framed with a frog and nature border and the title cleverly written in swirly green whimsical script. I love how the onomatopoeic words are i ...more
Frog song describes the sounds and noises from different frogs from different areas all over the world. The noises that each frog makes differ from one another. This is due to the geographical separations and barriers creating different adaptations for frogs. Reinforcing the variation of frogs from different geographical regions, the author has provided realistic pictures of each frog from around the world. By looking at the pictures, readers can easily tell a difference between frogs from vario ...more
Ashli Stroyan
Frog Song is and informational book about the many different types of frogs and the noises that they make. This book is not limited to the sounds that frogs make, it also talks about their life styles from birth to adulthood. It takes the reader’s knowledge of what they thought they knew about frogs go a whole new level. An adult can always tell when a children’s book is good quality when they are also learning from the content. Which was exactly what I felt like while I was reading this book. I ...more
At first glance, the cover of this books looks like a photograph. However, a closer look reveals that they are beautiful illustrations. I looked for notes on how they were illustrated but could not find any details.

My other stumbling block - the title "frog Song", and then finding it included toads. So, I did a little research and found out that all toads are indeed frogs. (Further classification can separate them...) I would have appreciated an author's note on that point.

However, this book wa
Sarah Foote
In the Frog Song there are illustrations alone, no real story is told. The illustrations are elaborate and depict different types of frogs in different locations. Without the word a viewer might make the assumption the book is about different species of frogs. The text provides much support and gives detail about the different frogs pictured. The text says where the frogs are located, their name, how they make noise, what noise and so on. This storybook is informational and creative. Children le ...more
Charlotte really liked this - all about different frogs, their habitats, and how the eggs/tadpoles/tiny frogs are cared for. (Surprise - not all frogs have tadpoles! Dads do a lot of the work!) She also liked the different sounds they make, but that may have been because of how I chose to read it aloud. The info for each frog felt a little light and repetitive to me, but it was a huge kid hit. Illustrations are gorgeous and sometimes look more like photographs than drawings. I especially liked t ...more
Edward Sullivan
A stunningly illustrated, engagingly written look at these amazing amphibians in all parts of the world.
Gorgeous illustrations and a fun narrative that is filled with onomatopoeia are the highlights of this wonderful book about frogs. The information about each frog is fairly short, so the book would be appropriate for children of all ages, and additional information about each frog is provided in the back of the book, along with different resources to find out more. It also has a strong environmental message about trying to preserve the areas in which these frogs live. We really enjoyed reading t ...more
Full review at:

I must admit–I am not a fan of frogs. They actually scare me quite a bit. They are so sporadic and unpredictable–one even jumped on my head at a party once! However, animals of all kind fascinate me and this is a book full of amazing facts about these slimy, jumpy creatures. The book is set up so that it is easy to navigate with quick interesting facts about 11 different frogs (& toads) with extra information in the back. I also liked t
Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin is my book choice for 2014 Caldecott nominee. I believed the book is a well-rounded book. Frog Song is not your typical informational book that tends to overwhelm students. This book includes all the facts required for an excellent book, but the illustrations are truly breath-taking. The illustrator does not waste an inch of the book to bring in readers into this world of frogs.
Due to its more elevated educational content, I wo
Keely Wells
Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson is a nonfiction book that exemplifies good writing and detailed illustrations. At the end of the story Guiberson provides interesting facts about each of the eleven frogs that are depicted throughout the book. At the end of the book she incorporates why the frogs are endangered and how humans have played a part in their near extinction. To back up all the information, the author uses a bibliography and provides links to the frog facts where the author gathered her i ...more
Liz B
First review of fifty-one!

I am really incredibly behind in reviewing books. So my #nerdlution for the next 50 days (starting tomorrow, but I'm getting a head start today) is to read at least 25 minutes from books (and the evil time sucks known as TWITTER AND FACEBOOK don't count) and to write at least one Goodreads review per day.

So! Frog Song. There were a couple of neat factoids (wood frogs in Canada can freeze in the winter and thaw in the spring and be perfectly fine! Like Han Solo in carbon
I found this book because of a friend’s recommendation, and am so glad I did. It is written in basic, but lovely repetitive language, and the text paired with the pictures gives just the right amount of information for young students. Also, the extensive back matter fills in more if needed. The illustrations are exquisite, managing to keep the frog both realistic, and in a setting that shows its ability to camouflage. The author has shared interesting frogs from all over the world. One is from C ...more
Andrew Caudill
Frog Song by Brenda A. Guiberson is my personal favorite for the Caldecott Award this year. The pictures are so realistic and attention grabbing that students will love it. I think that the attention to detail is impeccable and I love the contrast of duller and brighter colors. I think that this contrast is very similar to how some bright frogs stand out from their background in nature. The duller colors also show how some of the darker frogs camouflage deep into the environment they live in. Th ...more
Megan Chonczynski
The illustration was created with the use of tempera, watercolor, and pencil on Arches watercolor paper. The first few words on each page are in red, to make them stand out. Some of the words are in different font, emphasizing the noises of a frog. On each page there is a different frog, showing the different types of frogs there are all over the world. It gives students a way to see the different types. The song is the different noises that each frog makes.
Frog Song, by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin, should win the 2014 Caldecott award, because the illustrations are wonderfully detailed and realistic. As noted in the book, the illustrations are done with tempura paint, watercolor, and pencil on watercolor paper. The illustrations bring these frogs from various continents to life. Not only do the illustrations bring the frogs to life, but they closely resemble photographs. This non- fiction book is characterized as being insigh ...more
Didn't love it. Some of the sound effect words seemed like they were to describe the frogs' actual songs but too many other sound effect words like "swizzle-swish" and "squizzle-squiz" made it seem too cutesy for age group that might be interested in so many frog facts. Of course, nice overall theme of protecting the environment so we don't lose our diversity of species, so would work well for science/ecology theme.
Apr 15, 2014 Meghan added it
Shelves: nonfiction
Frog Song is a great book which discusses many different types of frogs and where they live. It also has different sounds the different frogs make. The illustrations are very detailed, and will allow children to really distinguish between frogs and environments. This book has some complex vocabulary for very young children, but older children in second grade or older will most likely enjoy it with some help.
What really stands out in the book Frog Song is the pictures. The pictures of the different frogs from all over the world are beautiful. They give the reader a lot to look at on each page and show the differences in frogs. The book was informative and would likely appeal to children interested in animals and frogs. The book was not especially exciting, however the pictures allow the reader to feel excitement.
Ms. Barry
Frog Song answers frog questions, offers fun frog sounds to read, and prompts further questions… I know I have need for further inquiry… especially about the Surinam toad hatching those froglets out of her skin. Kids will find this and other frog facts fascinating, because really, frogs are interestingly unusual. And that this book of a relative few frogs from all around the world can be so diverse opens the reader/listener up to a lot of possibilities and questions. The teacher's guide - http:/ ...more
I read this for the first time yesterday to a class of second graders. I had picked it up as a potential Caldecott honor choice this year, but if the committee is willing, I think it could be a contender for the medal. The kids couldn't believe the images were not photographs, and they loved the way the images drive home the odd and "ewwww" elements involved with different species' reproduction. The colors and backgrounds are as rich and detailed as the frogs, giving the book a lush, almost indu ...more
This nonfiction book is perfect for those who wish to learn more about frogs. At first I thought this book would be about a song about a frog but it turned out to be a little story about various frogs around the world. In the back page the author provides a little note about where you can further explore what is becoming of frogs around the world. Many people are not aware that frogs are a very important part of the ecosystem. If you are a college student looking for a place to start a search ab ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 19 20 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • No Monkeys, No Chocolate
  • The Mystery of Darwin's Frog
  • Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
  • The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico
  • Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives
  • The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
  • Island: A Story of the Galápagos
  • Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
  • Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
  • Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
  • Building Our House
  • Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands
  • Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio
  • On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
  • Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
  • Flight of the Honey Bee

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »