The Pond

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The Pond written and illustrated by Rachael Van Dyke Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


To Joshia, Jordan and Lenny, Thank you for eyes wide-open and muddy muck boots! Love, Tante

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O' ribbity ribbit the frog hopped in it,

the frog hopped in the pond.

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It laid some eggs,

some

squishy

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eggs,


and then it traveled on.

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The eggs turned into tadpoles that swam so fast away,

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with tails and gills to swim around, in water they did play.

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Then they grew four legs and lungs,

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their tails shrunk hard and round,

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and soon they crawled upon the shore

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and

hopped

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upon the ground!


O' ribbity ribbit the frog hopped in it, the frog hopped in the pond. It laid some eggs,

some

squishy

eggs,

and then it traveled on, Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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now the cycle will go on.

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LIFE CYCLE OF A FROG

adult frog a mature frog has no tail, breathes with lungs, and lives on land.

eggs a female frog lays a clutch of up to 4,000 eggs in water once a year.

froglet within 12 weeks the froglet has a shrunken tail, four legs ,and lungs strong enough to play on land!

tadpole legged tadpole

in 6-8 weeks the tadpole has a tail, hind legs, and lungs to breathe air. Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution

the tadpole is born with a tail and gills to swim in water.


Swimming Hole at Scoville Point, Isle Royale National Park acrylic on 36"x36" canvas

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Meet the artist: Rachael Van Dyke lives with her husband in a tiny house in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her home is very tiny- about the size of most kitchens! It is also off the grid. That means she collects rain water off the roof of her house to wash her dishes and clean her paint brushes. The house has electricity made from the sun using solar panels. Every day in the winter Rachael collects firewood and heats up her little house with a wood stove. Rachael's artwork, "Swimming Hole at Scoville Point," was inspired by an art residency on Isle Royale- a beautiful and very remote national park on Lake Superior in Upper Michigan. She is learning, just like you, about animals, reptiles and amphibians! Proof Copy: Not optimized for high quality printing or digital distribution


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