Discover how a tadpole grows into a frog. This title explains animal growth in a clear and organized manner. Readers will love watching the transformations take place.
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Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author of information books for children. Educated at Cambridge University, she has written more than 300 books, including the best-selling 'Horrible Geography' series (Scholastic Children's Books) which won a 2009 Blue Peter Book Award. She writes widely on animals and the natural world. A recent title for Raintree, A Day in the Life of Rainforest Animals: Capybara, has been shortlisted for a Maryland Blue Crab Award 2012. Anita lives in the north of England with her husband, children and assorted pets.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3–These sources will help to answer children's questions about life around them. The eye-catching color photos on each spread are bright and substantial, but the Life Cycle illustrations on the final pages lack appeal and detail. The first title mainly focuses on the garden spider: how it lays eggs, guards them, and then dies. What the spiderlings do to survive after they hatch, how they spin webs to catch food, and mating before winter are discussed. One statement is confusing: Adult spider that over-wintered mates in early fall. Apple focuses on the Red Delicious. The common frog is the subject of the last title. In all three books, a lead-in question or statement on the left keeps children focused on the basic texts. Young readers will find these titles interesting and their size manageable.–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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