Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Noisy Frog Sing-Along

Himmelman, John (Author/Illustrator)
Dawn 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781584693390 (hardcover)
9781584693406 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 597.8
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

figurative language, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“Peep,” “Breeeee” and “Jug-O-Rum” are just some of the frog calls described in this engaging picture book. Simple yet evocative language helps conjure the sounds in readers’ minds: “Green Frogs plunk like banjos at the edge of a pond. Plunk … Plunk … Plunk.…”

Tightly composed images of frogs and toads (and one salamander) in their habitats are saturated with colour. Near photo-realism depicts their features and markings. One double-page spread shows only the head and throat pouch of the bullfrog—emphasizing its great size compared to the others; a mosquito perches behind its bulging eyes. Another shows a spadefoot toad, half-submerged in a puddle after a desert rainfall: “Waah Waah Waah.”

Readers may recognize the calls of local species. All calls may be heard through a Web link provided at the end of the book. Also provided is further information about the different species and suggestions for fun interactions with these animals in their own habitats.

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    Listen to teacher-selected examples of real frog calls. How would you describe them? As you read, compare your descriptions with the author’s.

  •  Notice the different habitats of each frog as you read. Based on your prior knowledge and the details in the illustrations, where do you think they might live? Check your inferences with the additional information at the back of the book.
  •  Using the book as inspiration, create a frog soundscape using your voices, instruments or found objects.
  •  

    Look at the book cover to make predictions about the story. Will it be fiction or non-fiction? What are your clues?

  •  As a group, brainstorm what you know about frogs. Write the information on a class chart.
  •  

    As the book is read aloud, join in to recreate the frogs’ songs. Do you recognize the frog sounds associated with the French language?

  •  

    Consider sounds made by other animals and how they differ in French and English. Create a new text in the same style using different animal sounds.

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