Vivian French is a professional storyteller and an acclaimed children's author. She has written novels and picture books, including Caterpillar Butterfly (9781406311617), which was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award, and the bestselling Tiara Club series. She lives in Edinburgh. Alison Bartlett's first book, Oliver's Vegetables, was commended for the 1996 V&A National Art Library Illustration Awards. Since then she has illustrated numerous children's books including The Tiger and the Jackal (9780744568783) and T.Rex (9781406301700). She lives in Bath.
K-Gr 3-There's just something about Growing Frogs that captures the imagination. After a mother and daughter read a story about a frog that gets bigger and bigger, Mom suggests further study. Off they go to collect frog spawn (in small quantity from a man-made pond, lest the dwindling frog population be further endangered) and then watch the transformation and return the little frogs to the home pond. Spirited splashes of bright acrylics stretch and focus the enterprise to illustrate the developmental stages of a frog as the diminutive zoologist nurtures her cluster with Mom providing support when needed. Though the illustrations may not present the minute, scientific detail required in a field guide, they are just right for a first encounter with tadpole mysteries. The text presents all of the essential tips in such a lively manner that readers will want to become involved. Various factoids in smaller type appear throughout the adventure to ensure a successful experience. Though youngsters fascinated by frogs may be drawn to this text on their own, it will make a most rewarding read-together or read-aloud to a class. A hopping-good collaboration.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"The pictures are terrific and the whole thing will keep young naturalists very entertained." Financial Times"