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A Place for Frogs

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This eloquent and informative picture book, a follow-up to A PLACE FOR BUTTERFLIES and A PLACE FOR BIRDS, shows how human activities can hurt or help frogs and other creatures that share our world.

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Overview

This eloquent and informative picture book, a follow-up to A PLACE FOR BUTTERFLIES and A PLACE FOR BIRDS, shows how human activities can hurt or help frogs and other creatures that share our world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This colorful picture book is focused, obviously, on frogs and why they are important in our world. After an initial general introduction to the life of frogs, each two page "set" focuses on a way in which frogs have been negatively impacted by humans and then introduces a specific type of frog that has been harmed by human carelessness. Chemicals used against insects and to aid growth in certain crops, CFC, harm to the atmosphere, introducing new plants to a natural habitat, and the destruction of wetlands are just a few of the causes that ultimately lead to negative effects for frogs. The sidebars found with each page set are where specific frogs are introduced and where the author explains how they were specifically hurt by fertilizers, for example, and what must be done to rectify the problem. The text is very easy for young riders to read and understand; the sidebar information is better shared by parents or teachers working to help the young readers understand the connections between ecosystem and humankind. This is an effective text to help younger readers begin to understand how every action in nature has both positive and negative effects. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Spraying crops with insecticides and chemical fertilizers, polluting wildlife habitats, filling in lakes and ponds—these are a few of the ecologically harmful activities highlighted here. A simple text runs along the top of each illustrated spread, describing a human threat to frogs ("Some tadpoles have trouble surviving when people add fish to lakes and ponds") and then suggesting a solution ("When people take out the fish, frogs can live and grow"). A realistic acrylic painting depicts one or more frogs in their natural habitat, while a sidebar identifies the species shown and briefly presents a case study of how they were threatened and the efforts made to save them. Close-up insets appear throughout, cross-sections show tadpoles underwater, and small maps on the endpapers indicate the geographical range of the various species (the northern leopard frog, Pine Barrens tree frog, Puerto Rico rock frog, and more). Also discussed are their life cycles and their importance in the food chain. While Molly Aloian's Endangered Frogs (Crabtree, 2006) mentions causes of declining populations, its primary focus is on the animals themselves. Stewart's beautifully illustrated title centers on how humans negatively affect wildlife and makes a strong case for conservation.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455218
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,383,911
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.
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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    A perfect book for the frog lovers in your life!

    This book looks at a diverse mix of ecosystems and how different frogs have struggled for survival when changes in their environment negatively impacted their life cycle. Sidebars share details about how scientists and others are working to protect frogs. Vivid, detailed illustrations lead to new discoveries at each reading. Cool frog facts (What frog sounds like a quacking duck?) and a list of resources for further exploration are found at the end of the book. Check out the author's website for more activities related to the book.

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

    Fascinating Frogs

    Melissa Stewart and Higgins Bond have teamed up again on another splendid volume -A Place for Frogs. Like A Place for Butterflies and A Place for Birds, the look and the language are lovely. Young readers will learn about nature's world wide web by discovering how frogs are connected to other animals, to plants, and to humans. They will also be encouraged to care about the impact our actions can have-both positive and negative. Lastly, through lush paintings and intriguing facts, this beautiful book will foster an appreciation for these fascinating amphibians.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended-If you're an environmentalist, check this out!

    This book is perfect for naturalists of all ages. If you have an emerging reader, the simple text at the top of the page will make your child feel like a super star. If you have an advanced reader, the sidebars will provide scientific information that will make your child feel as smart as you. Best of all, this book gives lots of information about what you and your child can do to help protect frogs.

    Teachers, if you're looking to expand a unit on life-cycles, this book is the way to go. There's lots of information here for students who are always hungry for more.

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