Am I a Frog?

Holiday House. (I Like to Read). Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823450787.
PreS-Gr 1–The story starts with the very beginning stages of the life cycle of a frog. The main critter asks, “Who am I? Am I a frog?” A second voice responds, “Not yet. But soon.” Rockwell then follows the critter’s progression, beginning with an egg, then a tadpole, then a frog with a long tail, and finally, fully developed. On the last page, that frog snatches a dragonfly out of the air. Between each stage of the frog’s development, readers learn that food, rest, learning how to swim, and growing stronger are all integral steps in the process. Illustrations contain all the colors one would see in nature; specifically, beautiful shades of blue and green that are pleasing to the eye. These illustrations also pair perfectly with the accompanying text, as they help keep readers engaged and show what each stage looks like. A diagram at the end displays the eight stages of development, reinforcing the concepts from the previous pages.
VERDICT Written with short, concise sentences that are easy to understand for the earliest readers, this will be welcome as a classroom read-aloud to coincide with a biology unit.

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