Oscar and the Frog: A Book About Growing. 2007. Candlewick. 32 pages.
One spring day by the pond, Oscar saw some creatures he had not seen before.
Frog hopped up.
"They're tadpoles," Frog said.
"I was a tadpole before I grew up."
Oscar stared at Frog. He didn't look like a tadpole at all.
"Don't be silly, Frog!" Oscar said, laughing.
"It's true," Frog said, and he told Oscar how frogs grow.
Oscar is a curious kitten. In this adventure, he learns about how plants and animals grow. He learns that some grow fast, some grow slow. Each living thing grows at its own rate. Some things come from seeds, some from eggs, and others are born. Each living thing requires nourishment--though different types of nourishment. The book though told within a narrative format--a fictional story--is very informative.
Oscar and the Frog is one of my favorites from the Start with Science series by Geoff Waring. (My other favorite being Oscar and the Moth.)
The series is designed to present basic concepts to children about the world around them in an age-appropriate way.
© Becky Laney of Young Readers