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Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Contributor(s): Bishop, Nic (Illustrator), Cowley, Joy (Author)

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ISBN: 0590871757     ISBN-13: 9780590871754
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1999
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Annotation: In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat--and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the tree frog and the wonder of Earth's creatures, large and small. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Dewey: 597.87
LCCN: 98015674
Lexile Measure: 490 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.35" H x 10.42" W x 8.72" (0.96 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 44572
Reading Level: 1.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Publisher Description:
In this spectacular photo-illustrated book, a plucky red-eyed tree frog searches for something to eat -- and avoids the many dangers of the rain forest. Vibrant images and an engaging, simple text reveal the world of the red-eyed tree frog and the wonder of earth's creatures large and small.

Contributor Bio(s):
Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey. Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.

In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she “forgot” that she couldn’t read. “By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. “ And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”

She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. “During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making “big books” from them to use with their students. “Can you get these stories published?” they asked.

Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing — articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels — and books for children.

Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.


Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.


Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1999 #2)
Startlingly close-up photographs of rainforest fauna depict the nocturnal adventures of a red-eyed tree frog. The simple, aptly paced text relates the hungry frog's search for a meal and his close encounters with dangerous predators. "Do iguanas eat frogs? The red-eyed tree frog does not wait to find out." The brilliantly colored photographs provide detailed views of the insects turned down for the frog's supper, such as a poisonous caterpillar. Handsome design complements the narrative tension by featuring variously sized pictures placed on a green back-ground that deepens in shade as night comes down and the drama unfolds: a pale green sets a soft tone when evening arrives and the red-eyed tree frog awakes, but the color darkens to a rich forest green when a hungry boa snake slithers toward the tree frog. The spread immediately following is a magnificent two-page, full-bleed photo of the frog in a fully extended jump-narrowly escaping the predator. The pages then lighten again as the frog finds his meal at last and settles to sleep at daybreak. The wide range of perspectives in the photos and the friendly text imbues the tiny creature with appealing personality without the slightest hint of anthropomorphism, and an accessible afterword provides a good overview of facts on the subject. The engaging narrative and captivating pictures are perfectly attuned to the preschool audience-a rare and noteworthy find in nonfiction. l.a. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
 
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