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Book: Noisy Frog Sing-Along
Author and Illustrator: John Himmelman
Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1584693390 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1584693398 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1584693406 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1584693401 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.johnhimmelman.com (author), http://www.dawnpub.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Himmelman, John. Noisy Frog Sing-Along (published in 2013 by Dawn Publications, 12402 Bitney Springs Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959). If you were a frog, what kind of song would you like to sing? Would you rather go “ribbit, ribbit” or just say “peep, peep”? When I was a boy growing up in the country, we had a small, shallow pond on our property, and it contained lots of frogs which made all kinds of noises, especially at night. Author and illustrator John Himmelman describes the songs of different kinds of frogs, such as spring peepers, green frogs, bullfrogs, pickerel frogs, and others, along with some frog relatives like toads and salamanders. What kind of sound do you think a salamander makes? And do you know whether it is the male or female frogs which sing?
When frogs get together, they sing, making all kinds of wild sounds. Some peep, some trill, some growl, some creak, and some go WAAH, WAAH, WAAH! This happens near almost every pond and stream. Noisy Frog Sing-Along will help children to learn more about these amazing creatures and even to sing along with them. In the back of the book are a couple of pages which provide further information about the frogs and suggest some additional educational activities. Kids who love frogs will like this book. Himmelman is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including his other “noisy” book, Noisy Bug Sing-Along!, which was reviewed here previously.