A little jungle adventure

RED-EYED TREE FROG By Joy Cowley Photographs by Nic Bishop Scholastic Press 32 pp., $16.95 Ages 4-8

"Red-Eyed Tree Frog," by Joy Cowley, has won this year's Horn Book Award for best picture book.

This animal adventure story takes place in a tropical rain forest of Central America. Here, the little red-eyed fellow wakes as the sun is setting. He's hungry and tries not to become dinner for others as he looks for his own food. After an exciting night - and a very close call - the tiny tree frog is ready to return to sleep.

Photographer Nic Bishop captures the frog and his tropical companions in amazing situations: eyeing each other, stalking each other, even trying to eat each other.

Stunning photos, sparse text, and brightly colored pages make this a clear and engaging story for young readers. An added bonus: The book is filled with frogs, snakes, and bugs - perfect for curious youngsters.

*Karen Carden reviews children's books for the Monitor.

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.