Monday, September 2, 2013

An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night: Review


An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night
Author: Joanne McGonagle
Illustrator: Rachael Mahaffey
Publisher: Ainsley Press
Pages: 80


An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night is the story of a young toad named Andrew, pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog.
Andrew embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa some questions about what it means to be an amphibian. The story is blended with factual information that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among toads and frogs.
A young reader's curiosity will be piqued as they consider the unique attributes of the individual creatures that make up a species, perhaps sparking the light of conversation in their hearts and minds. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Andrew is a young Toad who thinks his life would have been better and more exciting if he would have been born a frog instead. He can't do all of the things a frog can do. He doesn't look like a frog does. He is teased for being a toad. There just isn't anything that interesting about being a toad . . . or is there? Andrew is heading out on his first solo hop to his grandpa's to find out. 

This was a very cute and educational book. The story was adorable and reminds children that they are all special in their own way. They would not be better if they were anyone else and it's ok if you are not the same as the person next to you. It was written by a zoologist so there are many education facts thrown in there. So your kids may learn a thing or two while reading this book. The illustrations were wonderful. I really liked them. My 4 year old daughter and I really enjoyed this one. I think I am going to use this book with my daycare kids, maybe when we are learning about amphibians. 


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