Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Place For Frogs & Little Critter: Where Is My Frog? - Book Reviews and Frog Camouflage Craft

A toad lives in my daughter's flower garden. We noticed it one day while we were out weeding the garden and have seen it several times since. The toad has an amazing ability to camouflage itself and manages to find several places to hide among the plants in the garden. In fact, it blends in so well with the surroundings that my camera refused to focus on it. Can you find it in this picture?

This week we read two different children's books about frogs and toads. And, we learned the differences between frogs and toads. One of the books (A Place For Frogs) explained that, "About five hundred kinds of frogs belong to the family called the "true toads." They have dry, scaly skin and spend more time on land than other frogs. That means all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads."

A Place for Frogs by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond; Peachtree Publishing (April 2010); ISBN 9781561455218; 32 pages;
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

A Place for Frogs concentrates primarily on environmental concerns involving frogs and also discusses various types of frogs and their habitats. Application of pesticides and chemicals and the destruction of the frog's habitat adversely affect the frog population. The author suggests ways people can alter their actions and protect frogs and the places where they live. The book also includes basic information about frogs, including life stages and fascinating frog facts. Simple text across the top of the page is appropriate for kindergarten age on up and older children will enjoy reading the more detailed insets about various species of frogs like the Northern Leopard Frog and Western Toad. My daughter particularly enjoyed looking at Bond's detailed paintings and we had fun pointing out the differences between the frogs featured in the book as well as discussing things we can do to help out frogs that live nearby. The book is laid out in a clear manner and is perfect for educational studies. A variety of related activities are available online.

Related Educational Printables [pdf]:
A Place for Frogs Curriculum Guide; A Place for Frogs Storytime Guide
Activity Printables [pdf]: Lifecycle Song; Size Matters; The World of Frogs
Related Links: Melissa Stewart's Science Clubhouse and Save the Frogs!

Little Critter Where Is My Frog? (Little Critter series) by Mercer Mayer; Sterling Publishing (May 2010 [reprint]); ISBN 9781402768040; 30 pages; $7.95;
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

Some preschoolers and toddlers (like my son) may find the original Little Critter books a little too long for their short attention spans. However, the Little Critter lift-the-flap books are perfect for little hands and little ears. Little Critter Where Is My Frog? is one of the titles in the lift-the-flap series. Little Critter takes his pet frog along on a fishing trip with his dad. The frog escapes when they arrive at the lake. Kids can help Little Critter as he searches for his lost frog by lifting the flaps on the pages. The short text includes questions like, "Is frog in the log?" or "Is frog under the rock?" My son enjoyed repeating the answer, "No Frog!" The heavy paper pages and hardcover stand up well to little, prying fingers. The book was originally published in 1991. We plan to look for more books in this Little Critter lift-the-flap series.

❖❖❖❖❖❖ stART Craft - Frog Camouflage Collage Art ❖❖❖❖❖❖

We created camouflage colleges for our stART craft today. We drew a frog using crayons and then cut out various green hued pictures from a magazine to paste around the frogs. Didn't the kids do a good job helping their frogs blend into the background?

preschool corner

A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well. Homeschool Creations hosts the weekly Preschool Corner link-up, a place to share activities for preschool and 5K. Share Little Masterpieces at Welcome To Our Wonderland.

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Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Always good to be inspired to check out the non-fiction selection at the library... I'm a fiction-fan, I'm afraid. :) Love the collages!

Jeanette said...

Love the collages! My son loves frogs (and turtles too) so we might have to try this sometime.

RedTedArt said...

Ah, that is very cute. Haven't thought of collages yet. This is super duper effective! Will have to have a go. Red Ted is into "hiding".

PS would, ahem, LOVE for you to pop over to Kids Get Crafty and hook up too!

April said...

I barely caught that creature if your first photo. They did great collages.

Christy Killoran said...

I love that you based your book project on something you saw in your yard! That makes it so much more fun. Cute collages.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

We like reading non-fiction book here, especially when they are well written and presented in a story-like way. I didn't know that toads are also frogs, I learned something new today. And your art project is perfect for something that you observed in nature.

Sam and Boo Book Reviews said...

What a cute craft! I'll have to keep it in mind once Boo is a bit older. And I had no idea Little Critters came in lift-the-flap books. Thanks!

Ticia said...

Hmmm, I'm guessing this means I didn't finish putting in my comment and got distracted.

I love your frog project. My kids go nuts for finding frogs and other wildlife in the yard.

Gidget Girl Reading said...

those are great!! my girls would love the place for frogs book (we have 7 frogs as pets). thanks for linking up.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the hiding frog. JDaniel will love creating something like this.

LitLass said...

Love the collages! The books look great, too. We have a couple of Little Critter books, but I didn't know about the lift-the-flap ones.

Janet said...

Those frogs should feel nice and safe -- so well camouflaged!

I love the sunflower picture you posted for Wordless Wednesday, too.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness I love everything about this post! Emily and I love frogs and little critter and the project is just amazing. I didn't even know that this Little Critter book existed. I will be looking for it for our own collection! Thank you so much for linking up to stART :)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

These books look like they would make a great addition to our lessons when we study frogs in a few weeks!

I love the craft, too. Thanks for linking up, as always!