A Place for Frogs by Melissa Stewart is a nonfiction picture book (illustrated by Higgins Bond) that helps youngsters learn about Central and North American frogs.
Each spread shows a different species of frog in its natural environment and a fact about how humans may be threatening that habitat. There is also a story about how people were able to help protect that type of frog or suggestions for what can be done.
At the end of the book are ideas for how to help save frogs and their habitats. There is also a list of kid-friendly resources for readers who are ready to learn more. The endpapers of the book provide maps showing the range of each of the species mentioned. Note that no matter where you live in Canada or the United States, at least one frog will be native to your area.
Here's an example of what the pages look like (click to enlarge):
Any elementary school student who is outdoorsy or is interested in animals would take to this book. I think parents will have to determine when their child is at the right age for A Place for Frogs: Some kids will be ready for this as early as age four, but most not until they are a bit older. The text is factual without being too dry, and the illustrations are engaging but not babyish.
Melissa Stewart has also written similar books about birds and butterflies and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators board of advisers and a judge for the American Institute of Physics Children's Science Writing Award.
For more on Melissa and how youngsters can get involved in environmental issues, don't miss this Earth Day interview with her at The World of Peachtree Publishers. There you will also find links to a great guide for teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers; activity sheets; and more.
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Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2010
Challenges: New Author, 100+
Source: Review (see review policy)