Frogs (New and Updated Edition) by Gail Gibbons

Frogs (New and Updated Edition) by Gail Gibbons. Holiday House, 2021. 9780823448340

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? An updated look to Gibbons’ 1993 original. It’s written in an incredibly clear and concise informational style that would work as a read aloud or for early elementary school to read themselves. The charming watercolor-like illustrations present the life stages, body parts and habitat of frogs in a lifelike style, in frames of froggy-green. I especially liked observing the process of a tadpole turning into a frog. At the end there is a spread explaining the difference between a frog and a toad, and a list of fun facts about frogs.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a criticism, but I had a laugh at the clearly original un-updated image of a herpetologist, with his 1980’s style flowing locks and mustache.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For young naturalists, ages 4-8.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries – you need this updated version!

Where would you shelve it ? 597.8

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 14, 2021

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