Published by Beach Lane Books
Summary: “A frog is a being./It is watching./It is seeing.” The rhyming text follows a frog as it sits on a log, hunts for food, cools off in the water, and leaps into the air. Questions are asked: does a frog remember its tadpole days? Does time move fast or slow for the frog? No one knows; the text simply concludes: “A frog has a life./A frog is a being.” Includes a two-page author’s note in which Sayre talks about fictional frogs and how real frogs are different. She discusses things she imagines about the frogs she observes at a local pond (a favorite frog responds to her) versus what science teaches us about frogs. Also includes resources for further exploration. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: It’s always a pleasure to discover a new science book by April Pulley Sayre, with her gifts for photography and rhyme. I particularly liked her author’s note introducing kids to various topics dealing with science and scientists.
Cons: There’s not enough information to use this as a research resource.