Young readers will learn the basics about this unique amphibian. How they look, what they eat, and how they protect themselves are described in simple, large text paired with full-page, colorful photographs. The life cycle, from eggs dangling in water, to tadpoles with gills, to adults with legs and lungs, is well explained. Toads have defenses against predators that may amaze those just learning about this remarkable creature. Included are a glossary and index. Recommended books are written at a slightly higher reading level but will still be of interest to beginning readers. A factsurfer internet site provides additional details although very young readers may need help accessing and using the site. Vocabulary for nonfiction topics is often difficult for those with emerging reading skills. This fact book is written with those readers in mind. Recommended for elementary libraries.