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Frog Song

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  120 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)
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Caryn Caldwell
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Stunning illustrations and tightly focused text make this book 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 role of moisture in the frog’
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Edward Sullivan
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly illustrated, engagingly written look at these amazing amphibians in all parts of the world.
Sunah Chung
Frogs play a critical role in the ecosystem since the era of the dinosaurs. With onomatopoeia text and illustrations, this book introduces a variety of frogs from all over the world.
It was an interesting idea to add onomatopoeia, which is a word from a sound, in this book. Unfortunately, I wonder whether it works well to deliver the intent of the writer. I failed to imagine the sound of frogs by using the written onomatopoeia text. Since the onomatopoeia is diverse according to the cultural an
Hannah Holthaus
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book talked about frogs from all over the world and the different songs that they each sing. On every single page, there is a different country with a main frog on it. It also talks about the life cycle of the specific type of frog and it gives an interesting fact about it. The illustrations in this book are amazing - so much detail and it really enhances the information. In the back of the book, it has the specific 11 frogs that were discussed throughout the story and says what specific ar ...more
Becky B
Paragraphs of information about frogs all around the world and their survival tactics for protecting themselves and their young accompany realistic illustrations.

The illustrations in this are fantastic and definitely the highlight of the book. The information really isn't all that long, though there is further info in the back of the book if you want more on each species and the importance of frog health. It would be a good read aloud for classes studying frogs. It certainly highlights a number
Whole And
All about frogs from around the world! Since the time of the dinosaurs, this book is a celebration of the environment and these amazing creatures. With beautiful illustrations and scientific details woven in, this book is a wonderful way to introduce little people to these ribbiting singers and the dangers they face with our current environmental issues.
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great to read with a globe or world map handy as it shows frogs from all over the world.

The illustrations are photo-realistic.

The story is organized around the different songs that frogs sing, but tells a lot about how different frogs bear young.

Bonus points because one of the frogs is in Oklahoma!
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I love Gennady’s illustrations as well as all the information about so many frogs from around the world! Its a treasure for children and adults who are fascinated by our amazing planet!
Seema Rao
Luscious watercolors and nice text (with onomatopoeic elements) shows the environments of frogs around the word.
Maria Freeman
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nibling
Very pretty but basically just a list of facts
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
A great book for someone who loves frogs. Lots of details about different frogs and how they lay eggs.
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book about frogs! The author chose 11 frogs of the world to tell about with fascinating facts. Illustrations are amazing!
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Frog Song was interesting and educational. The illustrations were beautiful.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sue Edwards
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Keely Wells
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kellee Moye
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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 the i
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
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
Andrew Caudill
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, Moon Bear and Disasters. As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer—her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary schoo ...more

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