Frogs and toads, salamanders and newts, and caecilians are all classified as amphibians. Read to learn some general information about these animals in this classification. Find out what they have in common with each other and how they are different from the other groups of animals. Large, color illustrations of the different amphibians are found throughout the book; there are labels to identify the animals. Insets provide additional information about amphibians. The section on "Extreme Amphibians" has interesting facts about the largest, smallest, most poisonous, and longest-lived amphibians. The Linnaeus classification system chart provides an example of how scientists group animals by phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. For those students who wish to read more about amphibians, a list of resources including the FactHound website is provided. Also, this book is one of six in the series, "Amazing Science: Animal Classification" covering general information about the other animals groups. The series is a nice addition for a beginning unit on animal classification. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)
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Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.