Explore a toad’s life cycle
Toads are small and often unseen by human eyes, but their world is rich and varied. The toads in these eloquent poems describe their many wonders, from sticky fly-catching tongues, to the way they shed skin, and camouflage. Joanne Ryder traces the life cycle of amphibians as they change from springtime tadpoles into full-grown toads that hibernate in winter. Maggie Kneen’s illustrations showcase toads in their natural habitat with precise, dramatic detail. You’ll never think of toads the same way again!
Toad by the Road is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
|Publisher:||Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Joanne Ryder is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Earthdance and A Fawn in the Grass. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.
Maggie Kneen is the illustrator of many books for children, such as Thimbleberry Stories and Mouse Tail Moon. She lives in Cheshire, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
(nonfiction, easy, poetry) What an unusual way to create a non fiction book. The seasonal cycle of a toad is explored through the use of poetry and the four seasons. Each season of the year have several poems in it that describe what the toad may be doing during that time of the year, At the bottom of each page is an additional non fiction blurb to accompany the poetic text. The illustrations are striking and even the end pages have toads in various postures on them. This book is a good book to begin a unit on amphibians,hibernation or the seasons. A fun project, one that you do over several weeks,would be to bring in and "hatch" a baby tadpole.
Poems that following the stages and habitat of toads lives. Great detail and depth on each stage of the toad. Illustrations go along with the poems very sweetly and the word choices capture each picture and stage perfectly. It is easy to follow along and easy to understand by the text chosen.