Friday, August 30, 2013
by John Himmelman
32 pages; ages 4 - 9
Dawn Publications, 2013
If you think frogs only sing during the spring... just head to the nearest pond, close your eyes, and listen. Ignore the whine of hungry mosquitoes...
Even though it's late summer, frogs are still active. And they're still noisy.
Author-illustrator John Himmelman takes you on a musical tour of frog calls, from peepers to mink frogs and toads. Frogs don't even have to open their mouths to sing; they fill up their "big, bulgy throat pouches" and let loose with squeaks, quacks, chirps, plunks and more. There are toads that sound like angry sheep and tree frogs that "meep".
Himmelman includes some wonderful information about the noisy frogs at the back of the book, and some links to hear frog calls.You can hear the frogs in the book at https://soundcloud.com/dawn-publications/sets/noisy-frog-sing-along-frog - and listen to more frog calls at LEAPS http://www.leaps.ms/soundpage.htm.
Himmelman also shares the secrets of "taming the wild frogs" (hint: it takes patience and worms) and gives directions for building a house for a toad - which is great because slugs eat garden veggies and toads eat slugs...
Why I like this book: for years I've been singing with the frogs. Now, finally, a songsheet!
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Review copy provided by the publisher.