Friday, April 30, 2010

Nic Bishop Frogs

I never thought I'd ever look at a photograph and say, "What a beautiful frog!" But these words indeed came out of my mouth more than once after flipping through Nic Bishop Frogs. Author and photographer, Nic Bishop has won multiple awards for this book, and it's easy to see why. He takes readers on a photographic journey around the world, introducing different kinds of frogs through absolutely gorgeous close-up photographs and interesting facts.

I jump for joy when I find great nonfiction for kids, and I would have totally turned a cartwheel if I could have after picking up this book at the library. What makes it so great is the fine balance of photography with facts. Kids at different age and reading levels can enjoy this book and have the choice of reading from cover to cover or flipping through the pictures. The blue poison dart frog is a favorite in our house, and I've received strict orders from a certain three-year-old to take a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore to see one up-close. Great for home, classroom, and school libraries, I highly recommend it.

Now, if I exclaim "What a beautiful spider!" after reading, Nic Bishop Spiders, Mr. Bishop will be a true magician.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (January 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439877558
  • Source: Local Library

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1 comment:

  1. I actually read this book for inspiration writing a series of children's poem for national poetry month. Great book, great photos.