Frogs

Frogs

by Art Wolfe
     
 

Think you know all there is to know about frogs? Acclaimed author James Martin will make you think again in this fascinating look at the ever-popular amphibian. Martin deftly details all the froggy facts—their amazing metamorphosis from tadpole to frog, what it means to be an amphibian—but then he delves deeper, giving readers a reason to care about frogs.… See more details below

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Think you know all there is to know about frogs? Acclaimed author James Martin will make you think again in this fascinating look at the ever-popular amphibian. Martin deftly details all the froggy facts—their amazing metamorphosis from tadpole to frog, what it means to be an amphibian—but then he delves deeper, giving readers a reason to care about frogs. Frogs are among the Earth's oldest creatures, dating back 190 million years. Because of their remarkable ability to adapt to different climates and habitats, frogs are what scientists call an indicator species: By monitoring how frogs are doing, we can get a sense of the health of our planet. And lately frogs have been dying out at drastic rates. Loaded with fabulous color photographs from Art Wolfe, Frogs is a beautiful, informative, and thought-provoking introduction to a creature many of us can find in our own backyards.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
Frogs are amazing creatures. The wood frog survives the winter by freezing solid! Only inches long, the golden poison frog is the world's most poisonous land animal! Martin's book explores the fantastic frog, its characteristics, adaptations, and role in the environment. Exquisite color photos throughout provide visual support as the text explains amphibians in general, the process of metamorphosis, and how different frogs have adapted to their habitats. Although concisely written, the text doesn't water down challenging vocabulary. The topic (and photos) will appeal to children as young as three or four. Children reading independently will need some help with words such as toxicity, adaptations, and Madagascar. All of the photo captions include the frogs' common and species names, as well as place of origin. The short index makes this picture book a useful quick reference on specific types of frogs.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6A fresh look at frogs is offered in this cogent introduction. The text conveys the nature of these slimy-skinned amphibians through succinct descriptions of physical characteristics common to all; special characteristics of unusual species; methods of locomotion; metamorphosis; mating behavior; care of young; defense mechanisms; and hibernation. Over two dozen frog species are discussed (plus a couple of toads); the majority are found in Central and South America. Outstanding full-color photographs appear on nearly every page. The photos are extraordinarily good, with imaginative composition and remarkable clarity. Picture captions identify species by both their common and scientific names. The lively, well-organized text is sprinkled with intriguing details not found in other titles. The average size of the species is not given, but this is a minor omission. Elizabeth Lacey's The Complete Frog (Lothrop, 1989) and D. M. Souza's Frogs, Frogs Everywhere (Carolrhoda, 1994) are two good general introductions that offer more information on metamorphosis than Martin's book. As Martin focuses on exotic frogs, most of which are not covered in other titles, and boasts exceptional photography, it will be a valuable addition to most collections.Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517709061
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/11/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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