Face to Face with Frogs

Face to Face with Frogs

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by Mark W. Moffett
     
 

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You’re two inches away from a poison dart frog. You’re lying on the rain forest floor as she hops toward you, utterly fearless. This deadly terribilis frog has nothing to fear; your fear is that any accidental contact with your skin could mean death!

Let Mark Moffett give you the expert view on our amphibian friends, from metamorphosis

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You’re two inches away from a poison dart frog. You’re lying on the rain forest floor as she hops toward you, utterly fearless. This deadly terribilis frog has nothing to fear; your fear is that any accidental contact with your skin could mean death!

Let Mark Moffett give you the expert view on our amphibian friends, from metamorphosis to diet, from habitat to distinctive features; and learn why we urgently need to foster a healthier planet for these sensitive creatures.

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"This book is gorgeous. I wish I was in it!" –Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A collection of unusual frogs, mostly from Central and South America (although a few reside in Africa, Vietnam and Australia) is featured. Some of the frogs are tiny. Some are poisonous. Most are quite colorful. None resemble the most common species of frogs found in the United States. Attributes shared by frogs are explained and illustrated. They live in or near water; have a distinct life cycle, moving through stages from eggs to tadpoles to adulthood; and generally eat insects, although some also eat small animals and others may eat each other. Many full-color photographs of excellent quality accompanied by informative captions support the text. Two pages near the back offer tips and suggestions for protecting frogs and their environments. Another spread provides facts about frogs and a map showing the locations of the frogs mentioned in the text. Also included are a glossary, a bibliography and an index. This is an interesting introduction to the wide world of frogs (more than 5,000 species have been identified), although its value as a research tool would be limited, especially for students in the U.S. "Face to Face with Animals" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Biologist Moffett describes some unusual frogs he has met on assignment for National Geographic magazine. The striking illustrations are primarily his own color photographs, most from Central and South America and Vietnam. The casual browser will be immediately drawn in by the opening description of watching a Columbian teenager poison a dart with secretions from a frog's skin to kill a peccary. Moffett explains the difference between toads and other frogs and describes the change from tadpole to adult before returning to his description of atypical frogs, focusing especially on the Puerto Rican coqui. Finally, in a chapter curiously called "Deadly Frogs," he tells how dart frogs are exceptionally good mothers. Sidebars and endmatter add facts, information about environmental threats and suggestions for readers who want to study frogs in the wild. A map shows the global home of the frogs pictured (except for the one in Massachusetts, which actually originates in Korea). Like others in the Face to Face series, this is more useful for encouraging the sense of wonder than for research. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)

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ISBN-13:
9781426306266
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Series:
Face to Face with Animals Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
655,614
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.09(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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