The Hidden Life of a Toad

The Hidden Life of a Toad

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Coming March 14, 2017. Pre-order now!

By: Doug Wechsler

Tadpoles have a secret that only tadpoles know.

In jaw-dropping photos, Doug Wechsler captures the life cycle of the American toad from egg to tadpole to adult. To get these images, Wechsler sat in a pond wearing waders, went out night after night in search of toads, and cut his own glass to make a home aquarium. The resulting photos reveal metamorphosis in extreme close-up as readers have never seen it before.

Budding naturalists will be transfixed by this unprecedented peek into the secrets of tadpole transformation.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Doug Wechsler, author

Doug Wechsler is a wildlife biologist, a nature photographer, and the author of more than twenty books for children, including Marvels in the Muck: Life in the Salt Marshes and Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool (Boyds Mills).

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Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

How do toads develop from fertilized eggs? Do toads need saving? These questions and more are answered in this excellent photo essay that records three years in the life of a female toad. The story is told in easy language accompanied by detailed, intriguing photos that will keep any animal lover engaged. This book will also draw in children (or adults) who may be less immediately interested in the subject, due to its clarity and effective design. Each full-bleed two-page spread includes a large photo taking up three-quarters of the spread and a blue rectangle (placed on the left or the right to vary the layout) with text that describes an important day in the toad's development. Text is generally minimal, but it provides enough information for readers to follow the milestones in the toad's life and to fully appreciate the picture sequence. This book can serve as a model for its type, with its clean layout, appropriate font, sharp photos, and accessible language. Ample backmatter that includes information on toad preservation and how the photographer did his work extends the wonder. A book that encourages observation and conservation and may start some young biologists off on their own lifelong quests to understand animals.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-738-9

ISBN: 978-1-63289-575-2 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-576-9 PDF
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Ages: 4-8
Page count: 48
8 1/2 x 9 1/2

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade K. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10

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