The Frog Scientist

The Frog Scientist


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The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner

A capitivating and beautifully photographed Scientists in the Field title about a man trying to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, on us.

When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.
Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547576985
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 318,852
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andy Comins is a California photographer who specializes in portraiture and children's photography. His books include The Frog Scientist and Stronger Than Steel.
Instagram: @amcomins

Pamela S. Turner has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a special interest in microbiology and epidemiology. Her articles for children and adults have appeared in numerous scientific publications. Her books include Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, Gorilla Doctors, The Frog Scientist, Dolphins of Shark Bay, and Project Seahorse. She lives in California.

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"Hayes comes across as both a dedicated scientist and a regular person, willing to work hard in pursuit of his scientific work yet quick to laugh and joke with his family and the graduate students he mentors. The result is one of the most compelling portraits of a scientific career the series has produced. Sharp, vivid photographs alternate between portrayals of the scientists—at work in field and laboratory settings, as well as relaxing at lab picnics and at home—and the frogs they study. The abundant images of many different frog species allow readers to observe in detail each animal’s characteristics, including size, anatomy, and habitat."—Horn Book, starred review
  ". . . lively volume . . . Well organized and clearly written, the text goes into detail about the process of analyzing the chemical’s affects on the frogs, but pulls back from specifics to show how the experiment fits into the larger picture . . . Excellent color photos offer clear pictures of frogs and of this scientific team at work in the field and in the lab . . . Throughout the book, Turner portrays Hayes as both a colorful personality and a dedicated scientist: the final chapter opens with a discussion of his four ear piercings and concludes with an overview of his research. A vivid, realistic view of one scientist at work."—Booklist, starred review

". . . a nifty narrative that conveys science in action, offers some insight into environmental damage, and provides a vivid portrait of an energetic and charismatic (and hunky) young scientist who's clearly inspiring students to take an interest in the field. The visually appealing layout is thick with images of people, making it easy to envision the realities of biological work, and of frogs, from hopping to undergoing dissection . . . useful as an introduction to the creation and execution of an experiment, and it will therefore be invaluable in science classes."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Of the same sterling quality as Sy Montgomery's engaging The Tarantula Scientist (2004) or her exciting Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton), this new addition to a stellar series opens an upbeat window to the adult application of youthful enthusiasms."—School Library Journal, starred review


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The Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bc3301 More than 1 year ago
The Frog Scientist brings children straight into the research lab. There are captivating pictures of frogs being dissected, and all types of situations with frogs. The whole book is very educational and detailed information. The book would be great to use before a science lesson that had to do with dissecting. I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I love the details and the quality of the pictures. The book is well organized and clearly written, the text goes into detail about the process of analyzing the chemical's affects on the frogs, but pulls back from specifics to show how the experiment fits into the larger picture. The book is basically a guide to dissecting a frog, with great illustration. bc3301
daanielle More than 1 year ago
I'm a girly kind of girl so books about bugs and slimy creatures and such really don't interest me too much. However books with pictures like the ones in this book are kind of hard to ignore!! They aren't even pictures technically, they are photos. This book is about a frog scientist named Dr. Tyrone Hayes and all his experiments and adventures in grave detail. This book would be a great book to show in the classroom to students when they learn about cold blooded animals or amphibians. Children of young ages could benefit from this book as well as well as children of all ages! I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about frogs or anyone who wants to see them up close, in book form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very fascinating. It really shows you the beauty of frogs. Surprisingly, when I look at the pictures in this book the frogs actually looked pretty! I know I wouldn't say that if I saw them in my front yard but the pages of this book are just rich in color and very amazing. The author did a wonderful job of having bold writing and made it easy to understand the facts about the different types of frogs. The book is mainly about Dr. Tyrone and his students exploring different types of frogs. Great book!
KateCoombs-BookAunt More than 1 year ago
Frogs are cool, and so are scientists. Put them together, as written in Turner's clear, reader-friendly prose, and you have a winner. Literally--this book has been winning awards, it's so well done. Follow a real scientist as he grows up to become a frog specialist. Learn why his experiments are planned the way they are, and what they tell us about the environment. This book is lavishly illustrated with photos. When I recommended Frog Scientist to another teacher for her homebound student, she took a whole stack for him to choose from, and this is what he picked.