Frogs

Frogs

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by David Badger
     
 

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Featuring 120 color photographs by renowned nature photographer John Netherton, Frogs explores in detail the lives of 50 of the most4 unusual frog, tree frog, and toad species from around the world. Author David Badger includes fascinating frog lore from across the centuries and describes everything from the physical traits and reproduction habits of frogs and

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Featuring 120 color photographs by renowned nature photographer John Netherton, Frogs explores in detail the lives of 50 of the most4 unusual frog, tree frog, and toad species from around the world. Author David Badger includes fascinating frog lore from across the centuries and describes everything from the physical traits and reproduction habits of frogs and toads to territorial behavior and life span.

Highlights general "frog facts" along with literary quotes from famous authors, plus frog lore. Features 120 color photographs by renowned nature photographer John Netherton. For natural history buffs; fans of frogs.

About the Author:

David Badger, of Franklin, Tennessee, is a journalism professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a former book critic and columnist for the Nashville Tennessean. He is the author and editor of a number of books. John Netherton, of Nashville, Tennessee, is an acclaimed nature photographer and a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer. His books include North American Wading Birds (Voyageur Press). The pair also collaborated on Snakes (Voyageur Press).

Editorial Reviews

Rocky Mountain News
For people who think of frogs as a dull green warty thing a girl kisses to get a prince, this book is a revelation.
Bloomsbury Review
If you've never thought of frogs as 'beautiful,' this book will change your mind.
Chicago Tribune
. . . Frogs takes pleasure in common marvels.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Over the past few years deformed frog specimens have been found in 30 American states and three provinces of Canada. These strangely misshapen creatures give evidence to the ongoing degradation of our environment. Additionally, numerous species of frogs and toads are becoming either rare or extinct. The major culprit in the decline of many types of these fascinating amphibians is mankind. It is the story of frogs and toads that is presented in this comprehensive and visually stimulating book. The author of this informative scientific work takes his audience on a journey through the life stages of these unusual creatures. Frogs, of course, metamorphose from aquatic beings to tail-less land living hoppers. In some cases the lives of these mini-predators are quite unique. For example, the Golden Poison Dart Frog secretes a toxin so lethal that one frog can create sufficient poison to kill ten human beings. Green Tree Frogs will evoke their "quank-quank-quank" call even when they hear sounds such as a washing machine, human singing voice, or television sound effects. The American BullFrog can grow to a body length of eight inches and has achieved a body weight of over seven pounds. These, and other stories of truly engaging amphibians, can be found in this well written and researched work. Additionally, this book is a visual delight, nearly every page has a beautiful photo of frogs or their toady cousins. 2000, Voyageur Press, Ages 10 up, $16.95. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck—Children's Literature
KLIATT
These handsome nature books feature gorgeous color photos, along with succinct texts that describe the animals and their habits and habitats. In Foxes, for example, the author, the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University, discusses the origins of the fox, foxes of the world, characteristics, the search for food, sociability, and foxes and humans, and he provides distribution maps—along with mention of how he and his children have hand reared fox cubs. Frogs looks at toads briefly as well, along with examining a frog's life cycle, frog lore, types of frogs, and more. Minke Whales, by two biology professors, examines their food and feeding, evolution and regional differences, and migration, among other topics, while Salmon discusses the types of salmon, their life cycle, migration and homing, fisheries, and the predators and dangers with which they must contend. Lovely to browse through, with enough facts and figures to support school reports, these are suitable for all libraries looking to update their nature collections. (WorldLife Library KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Voyageur Press, 72p, maps, bibliog, index, illus, 23cm, 99-089098, $16.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
Library Journal
Journalism professor Badger and nature photographer Netherton teamed up to create this well-deserved tribute to frogs and toads. Badger relies on scientific writings and older natural history publications for much of his information as he confesses his own lack of amphibian expertise. Frogs is not a field guide but rather a nontechnical book that spotlights a few dozen colorful, interesting, and unique frogs and toads from among the 4000 or so known species worldwide. About half the creatures picked for this volume can be found in parts of North America. In addition to the species descriptions, there are lively and interesting chapters on frogs in popular culture, their physical characteristics and behavior, and environmental challenges. The many striking photographs capture a variety of shapes and colors, from the common drab and dumpy American toad to the brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, and blacks of exotic dart-poison frogs from Central and South America. Recommended for public and high school libraries.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896584563
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Worldlife Library Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

David Badger, of Franklin, Tennessee, is a journalism professor, former book critic and columnist for the Nashville Tennessean, and has written and edited many other books. John Netherton, of Nashville, Tennessee, is a renowned nature photographer and a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer. The pair collaborated on Frogs.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a awesome depiction of the natural world! The detailed information in the text about so many species of frogs is enhanced by amazing photographs worthy of many hours of browsing. Add to that a variety of frog-inspired quotations from some of the world's most well-known writers (e.g.,Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau), and you have a lovely combination of the beauty of nature with the power of language.