Frog Song

Frog Song Cover

Frog Song

By Brenda Z. Guiberson; Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805092547, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

Description

Since the time of the dinosaurs, frogs have added their birrups and bellows to the music of the earth. Frogs are astonishing in their variety and crucial to ecosystems. Onomatopoeic text and stunning illustrations introduce young readers to these fascinating and important creatures, from Chile to Nepal to Australia, in "Frog Song "by Brenda Z. Guiberson.
An NPR Best Book of 2013.



About the Author
Brenda Z. Guiberson has written many books for children, including "Cactus Hotel", "Spoonbill Swamp", "Moon Bear" and "Disasters". As a child, Brenda never thought she wanted to be a writer her dreams tended more toward jungle explorer. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in English and Fine Art. She started thinking about writing for children when her son went to elementary school, and she volunteered in his class and in the school library. After taking exciting trips that involved a fifty-foot cactus, hungry alligators and sunset-colored spoonbills, she wanted to create books for children that would be like a field trip. Her books are full of well-researched detail, and Brenda sees this research as an adventure one that allows her to be a jungle explorer at last. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Gennady Spirin was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in a small town near Moscow. He is a graduate of the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and has received many awards for his work both in the United States and internationally. Books he has illustrated include "The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea, Life in the Boreal Forest, Frog Song, The Deadliest Creature in the World, " and" The Greatest Dinosaur Ever". Mr. Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.


Praise For Frog Song

*"There is just enough information to interest older children who can read the book themselves, but the realistic pictures and fascinating facts can be shared one-on-one with younger children as well." -- School Library Journal, starred review 

*“Guiberson speaks of frog voices as a beacon. . . . Spirin’s paintings make this a book to treasure.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review "Another harmonious salute to the natural world by an accomplished pair." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The fascinating facts and impressive tempera, watercolor, and pencil illustrations make this a distinctive introduction to frogs." -- Booklist

Praise for Life in the Boreal Forest:

“This nonfiction book shows why the boreal forest, home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, is as big and important as tropical rain forests.” —USA Today

* “Gorgeously intricate illustrations perfectly complement equally evocative text in this introduction to the great northern, or boreal, forest, which sprawls across the entire northern hemisphere. . . . Guiberson and Spirin manage to successfully convey the beauty and majesty of this forest and its denizens in two dimensions, and a list of organizations devoted to preserving the forest provides further information. An author’s note adds urgency to the message about the importance of preservation.” —Booklist, starred review

“Taking readers through the seasons, Guiberson and Spirin present a verbal and pictorial treasury for nature lovers and young researchers alike.” —School Library Journal

“Beautiful and useful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Each of the stunning paintings in this catalog of the boreal forest, the great northern forest, is breathtakingly beautiful. They are in the style of Audubon and other great naturalist painters. They breathe life into the creatures, give texture to their fur and feathers and capture a sense of place.” —The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio