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In jaw-dropping photos, Doug Wechsler captures the life cycle of the American toad from egg to tadpole to adult. To get these images, Wechsler sat in a pond wearing waders, went out night after night in search of toads, and cut his own glass to make a home aquarium. The resulting photos reveal metamorphosis in extreme close-up as readers have never seen it before.
Budding naturalists will be transfixed by this unprecedented peek into the secrets of tadpole transformation.
A book that encourages observation and conservation and may start some young biologists off on their own lifelong quests to understand animals — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A fascinating look at toad development — Booklist, starred review
Suitable for libraries needing to bolster their early nonfiction collections — School Library Journal
A remarkable visual chronicle of an easily overlooked creature — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Chicago Public Library's 2017 Best of the Best Books selection
2018 Green Earth Book Honor for Children's nonfiction