Monday, March 6, 2023

"One Tiny Treefrog" and "Puffin" picture books delightfully entertain & education young children [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

One Tiny Treefrog: A Countdown to Survival by Tony Piedra and Mackenzie Joy | Ages 4-8

My thoughts: 
What first appears to be a simple counting one-to-ten picturebook soon becomes evident that there is much more being told for the detailed reader.
  • Begins with 10 eggs and ends with one lone treefrog
  • Demonstrates the various perils awaiting the tadpoles 
  • Presents the richness of plant and critter life in the tropical Costa Rican rain forest
  • Introduces reader to insect's and critter's real names with tucked away illustrations on two-page spreads
  • Shows a tiny (since it is in the distance) man made tower atop a mountain
Back pages give lots of detailed information for the growing learner to expand his knowledge. A good addition to home libraries for children as well as school and public libraries. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the book: The red-eyed treefrog of the Costa Rican rain forest stars in this bold and visually arresting countdown book, which is both a captivating read-aloud and a resource.

Deep in the tropical forest of Costa Rica, ten sticky frog eggs cling to a leaf. Only nine eggs hatch. Only eight tadpoles wind up in the water below. What will it take to survive the countdown to adulthood and begin the cycle again? This beautifully designed, color-drenched introduction to frog metamorphosis peeks at this animal's habitats and predators as it illustrates competition and natural selection. Cocreators Mackenzie Joy and Tony Piedra have crafted a dazzling spin on the life of one of nature's darlings, the red-eyed treefrog. Back matter invites budding naturalists to discover even more treefrog facts, revisit the pages to spot other Costa Rican species, and check out a bibliography.

Puffin by Martin Jenkins | Ages 5-7

My thoughts: 
What a delightful book for young children to learn about the little Puffin sea bird. This little bird settles on the shores of the North Atlantic as far south as Maine. But much of their life is at sea. I learned that they nest but burrowing and making nests. They lay one egg per year. Their beak changes color with the season. And so much more.

The illustrations are delightful. Straightforward but charming. Stark but soft. Vivid yet sofly warm. 

A couple of back pages of information about Puffins are provided for additional learning.  I think this will be a delight for many readings. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the book: Take a first look at this appealing northern bird—and follow one diligent pair as they nurture their new chick.

Everyone recognizes the puffin, with its black and white feathers and brightly colored bill. But how does the puffin live? What happens down in its burrow? And how do the male and female share the task of feeding and caring for their young? Discover the intriguing world of this charming bird in a collaboration that pairs Martin Jenkins’s engaging, informative text with the warm energy of Jenni Desmond’s illustrations. Filled with interesting facts, this delightful introduction to the puffin offers young ornithologists more details in the back matter.
Begins March 6
Ends March 28 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA/CANADA addresses only
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

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