Marsh Music

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

At night, ten different species of frogs convene in a marsh. Fireflies light up the scene as Maestro bullfrog raises his baton. The music builds to a crescendo as the night goes on. Just before dawn, the frogs depart—but the serenade is not over . . .

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2000-08-01
Text Type Informational Fiction
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 1.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 48738
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Marianne Berkes

Marianne Berkes is the author of ten picture books, all inspired by her love of nature. A former teacher, librarian and children's theater director, Marianne brings her experiences to good use, as she combines fact and fiction. Berkes is a favorite presenter at schools, conferences, and literary festivals. She lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, with her husband, Roger.

Illustrator: Robert Noreika



“Berkes turns the night songs of all kinds of frogs into a concert, with a bullfrog, Maestro, assuming the role of conductor. As the illustrations move from twilight to dawn, Maestro supervises a symphony of frogs plunking spider webs, playing pond instruments, and making sounds. . . that illustrate tempo, from moderato to animato. Noreika’s watercolor paintings of marsh life -plants, animals, insects, and even mist – are stunningly detailed and luminous. They perfectly complement this book about nature and music, brought together by the singing talents of frogs. An entertaining way to teach children about both nature and music.”