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Frog hunt
Jordan, Sandra, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Ct. : Roaring Brook Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
A group of children set out on a summer morning to catch a frog and along the way they observe a muskrat, minnows, and a fish as well.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 57454.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"On a bright summer morning we set out to catch a frog." And in the passing of a perfect summer afternoon, a group of children discover all sorts of life in a freshwater pond: plump lazy tadpoles, darting skimmers, silvery minnows, and even a waddling muskrat. Handsome hand-tinted photographs by an acclaimed author and photographer illustrate this story of discovery.

Author Notes

Sandra Jordan has written and illustrated several previous books for young readers, and collaborated with Jan Greenberg on many distinguished books about art, including Chuck Close: Up Close and Action Jackson . She lives in New York City.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Follow two young boys one summer morning as they venture into a freshwater pond in search of frogs. Along the way they discover tadpoles, a skimmer, a muskrat, minnows, «a painted turtle sunning herself,» and fish. Lulled by the croaking voices of the frogs, the boys continue their search. Just as they are about ready to give up, they spy «a golden eye gleaming in the reeds.» It's a frog. The boys take turns holding their fascinating catch, feeling the frog's heart beating through its cool skin. Finally, they let it go, promising themselves and the frog to come back for another visit. The simple-to-read text, only a few words per page, sets a sunny mood for the children's nature adventure, and Jordan's hand-tinted photos capture what the boys see as if readers are looking over the kids' shoulders. An endnote provides information about the pond environment. Cynthia Turnquest.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Toting nets and buckets, a group of children spend a hot day wading through a pond, searching for an elusive amphibian, and discover that nature offers numerous other rewards. Jordan's (co-author of Chuck Close: Up Close) subtle hand-tinting of her splendidly detailed photographs heighten the beauty and intrigue of the setting without distancing it from reality. Slightly bleached tones convey the languid heat and reflective light of the summer sun. The opening and closing spreads show the expanse of the watery habitat, but most of the photographs are close-ups of a gossamer insect teetering on a reed, a plump muskrat sliding through glassy, rippling water, and finally the frog evading its pursuers (who later catch and then release it) in a radiant landscape of green and yellow hues. Jordan's short, simple sentences make a strong impact, even as the voice wavers between the cadence of a child ("All day long we look and look. We hear frogs' croaking voices. Where can they be?") and a more sophisticated lyrical style ("A school of minnows silvers the waters" an apt articulation of what is perhaps the most remarkable photograph, a full spread of the tiny fish). This powerfully evocative book strikes just the right balance between adventure story and a reverie of a much savored nature retreat. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-On their way to catch a frog, a group of children observe a muskrat, minnows, and fish in a pond. The quiet, large-type text uses simple vocabulary and pictures to support its descriptions of the site and observations about the creatures. Hand-tinted photographs capture the glare of the summer sun and show how difficult it can be to see wildlife in the pond when it blends into its surroundings. But by day's end, the children catch their frog, and after a quick look at it, return it quickly to its natural home. Endnotes tell facts about kettle ponds, which developed from glaciers that left behind depressions in the earth. This easy-to-read title is more encompassing of pond life in general than Alex Vern's Where Do Frogs Come From? (Harcourt, 2001).-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.