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Frog Song

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  495 Ratings  ·  110 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.
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
Sunday Cummins
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
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.
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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!
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
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
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
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
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
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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 t
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
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
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
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
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
Jennifer Heise
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: beekman
Very realistic but age-appropriate descriptions of the reproductive customs of a variety of frogs; including a tasteful depiction of the Surinam Toad (that's the one that sticks her eggs on her back and ... yeah, that one) and the Darwin frog, who gestates his eggs in his vocal sacs..
The onomatopoeia of the frog songs isn't very helpful in imitating the noises, but the variety of the noises is kid-pleasing and the illustrations are gorgeous.

For classes studying frogs and nature-loving parents th
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
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
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
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
A gorgeous nonfiction picture book about frogs all over the world. Each page shows a lavish painting of a frog in its environment, as well as a written paragraph telling fascinating details about the frog. I wish this book was written as a "two level" book. Some picture nonfiction books provide two sets of text - a main text that is usually more general, for a read aloud or for use with younger kids, and another paragraph or two that provides more details for older children or adults. I am left ...more
Ms. Barry
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I will be honest, I found this book a little gross and a little bleck but this is a VERY informative book about frogs from around the world! I did love but the effort even though I don't love the content...literary and pictorially it is a very fine book...I just am not into detail...of every species and kind...thank you but I am not reading this books again. However it would be an excellent non fiction book for a kid who needs a fun book for science glass. Other than thank ...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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