Many children learning to read are just as fascinated by the natural world and the realm of nonfiction as they are with brightly illustrated simple stories. For these children, we must seek out nonfiction early readers. Today’s book – entitled simply “Frogs” – takes a look at our favorite amphibian using simple sentences and careful word choice.
The book is part of the Usborne First Reading series. Each page has one or two sentences. All pages are full color, with text appearing overlaid over the illustrations. The designers were careful, however, to place the black text on areas of the page that were very light in color, so contrast between the background and the letters should not be a problem for most readers. The factual matter is simple and direct, giving basic information about frogs. I would have liked to see actual pictures, rather than illustrations, but that is my own personal bias. The pictures help the book to fit in with the rest of the Usborne series, which has a generally uniform look.