The Mysterious Tadpole
This site is intended for fourth graders. Creators of the site are Amanda Cosaboom and Sarah Story.
Kellogg's first book appeared in 1967 and as of today he has more than one
hundred to his credit.
Of these one hundred he wrote more than thirty.
Steven Kellogg is an illustrator as well as an
author and so he works with other authors on their books along with doing his
He gets his ideas for his books from many
different sources but most of them come from his feelings and images that he
remembers from his childhood.
Kellogg loves writing and illustrating books and believes that it is very
important for parents and children to share books. According to him, he
tries "to blend
illustrations and the words so that each book is a feast for the eye and ear. I
want the time that the reader shares with me and my work to be an enjoyable
experience -- one that will encourage a lifetime association with pictures,
words, and books."
The Mysterious Tadpole is the story of a young boy named Louis who gets a tadpole for his birthday from his strange Uncle McAllister who lived in Scotland. He named his tadpole Alphonse and takes him to school to show him off. Louis feeds Alphonse cheeseburgers and the tadpole grows and grows. He outgrows his jar, the sink, and the bathtub. His parents tell him that he can no longer stay in the house because he is too big. Louis wants to buy the lot next to their apartment but they do not have the money and so Louis puts Alphonse in the junior high swimming pool in the summer but once school starts he has to find him a new home. His friend, Miss Seevers the librarian, believes that Alphonse is not a tadpole but instead the Loch Ness monster. Louis and Miss Stevens find a way to get the money to build a pool outside of Louis' home so that he can keep Alphonse.
Activity One: As a class we will discuss what a tadpole is and what makes a tadpole a tadpole.
Activity Two: Each student will be given a tadpole to observe and care for. Visit these links to get tips on how to care for your tadpole:
Worksheet on Frog Lifecyle
During Reading Activities
Activity One: The students will predict (in writing) and draw what they think Alphonse really is.
Activity Two: Print and complete the Venn diagram comparing tadpoles and Alphonse.
After Reading Activities (Pick one of the following)
Activity One: Research the Loch Ness Monster and compare what you find with what you know about Alphonse. Write a one page essay on the similarities and differences between the Loch Ness Monster and Alphonse. Some websites to check out include:
Activity Two: Researchers are finding deformed frogs in the wild. Why do you think they are deformed? What is causing it? Check out this website and research this interesting fact. Get into groups of two and gather as much information on this as possible using any resource (as long as it is reputable). You and your partner will present your findings to the class a week from the start date.
More information about tadpoles
http://latham.dropbear.id.au/frogs/frog11.htm Fun tadpole website
For more information on the current state of frogs:
Creative Activities to do
Frog Puppet for students to make
Frog Bean Bag for students to make
Frog Pouch for students to make
tadpole game- not very educational, but fun: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=8634
More books about tadpoles
Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain, Jack Tickle (Illustrator)
From Tadpole to Frog by David Stewart
Tale of a Tadpole by Barbara Ann Porte, Annie Cannon
More books about the Loch Ness Monster
Beastly Tales: Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster by Malcolm Yorke
The Loch Ness Monster by Peggy J. Parks
The Loch Ness Monster by Terri Sievert
Nessie: The Loch Ness Monster by Richard Brassey