Frogs have appeared in myths, folklore, proverbs and fairytales across cultures for centuries.  This nonfiction book allows us to take a peek at real frogs, and it is a reminder that we share the earth with other creatures. As our human population growth destroys more and more of frogs’ habitats, their numbers continue to diminish.  What richness will we lose when we no longer hear their voices because our woods and ponds are silent?


Written by Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Frogs have a song for trees, bogs, burrows and logs,” the text begins, introducing frogs and their varied voices.  Frogs are shown to be social animals who “talk” to one another across bogs and streams with calls and bellows far more wide-ranging than the old “croak” and “ribbit.”

FROG SONG all but vibrates with the sounds of their voices. The strawberry poison dart frog of Costa Rica “trills a tiny tune in a pile of wet leaves. Pssst-pssst.” Meanwhile, in Borneo, “a four-lined tree frog whistles a song. Swee-Swee!” Tadpoles plop into water. An Australian desert frog sings mwaa-mwaa-mwaa as it breaks out of its underground cocoon to the plink-plunk-plink of rain. Each unique sound emerges from a frog convincingly unique in shape, coloration and habitat. The impression that emerges is one of extraordinary biodiversity begging to be appreciated and protected.” New York Times Review



This is a beautifully illustrated nonfiction book! Some of the gorgeous pictures are so life-like they almost look they are photos. However, these master pieces are so rich and beautiful you know that they aren’t.

The Art of Frog Jumping in Slow Motion

What a great video!  Now, look at the skeleton of this frog……..his legs are SO long!  No wonder they are such great jumpers.


How a Frog Becomes a Frog | Everyday Learning From PBS

Many animals look like tiny versions of their parents when they’re born, but not frogs! Follow our narrator and her grandpa as they observe the events leading up to our amphibian friend, the frog, becoming a frog.