“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: From Tadpole to Frog. Written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. Pictures by Dwight R. Kuhn Photography. Scholastic Inc. c. 2010, 32pp.
Reading Level: 680L
Synopsis: In this scholastic reader, the life cycle of a frog is explained with detailed pictures and diagrams. The story explains what happens after frog eggs appear in a pond in the spring, the small changes that take place as a tadpole transforms and grows to be a frog, and how the process repeats itself.
Rationale for Use: This scholastic reader is a great nonfiction text for early elementary readers that can be used for multiple purposes in the classroom. This book would be a great text to use when comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts on the same topic. This text could also be paired with a Froggy book, and then both books could be used to compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction texts. This text could also be used to learn and/or review text features.
Common Core Connection: RI 1.9: Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic; RL1.5: Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types; RI 1.5: Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.