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5.0 out of 5 stars Kristi's Book Nook via Book Pleasures, July 10, 2011
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Kristi Bernard (Overland Park, KS) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
More and more we are hearing about animals who are faced with the threat of extinction. Cheery the frog is no different. Children can follow along with Cheery from the beginning of his life to adulthood and the problems he faces in his pond. Cheery is short for Chiricahua (Cheer-a-cow-ah), is actually a Leopard Frog.

Cheery becomes aware of his surroundings during his pollywog stage. He eats algae and swims around learning about his world from the Wise Old Frog. He warns Cheery and the other pollywogs to stay away from the crayfish that will eat him and the big bullfrog that will eat him and potentially give him and the others a disease. Soon Cheery has legs and can hop on land. He likes to eat crickets, spiders and dragonflies. As the seasons change he becomes sleepy and must go into hibernation under a cozy old log with lots of leaves to protect him from the winter. When he awakens all of the other frogs are gone except the Wise Old Frog. With the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cheery is saved and protected as well as many others like him.

Parents, teachers and homeschoolers will love this book for kids. Children will learn about the Leopard Frog and how it is being protected. Children will also learn how they can help. The back of the book has fun froggy facts and a Curriculum Guide for more interaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and fun, September 16, 2013
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This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
Cheery begins the story as a little Chiricahua Leopard tadpole. He talks about his environment and the dangers of living in his pond. The story talks about how he is loosing all of his siblings until some kind zoo workers help clean up his pond. They take away some of the dangers and return him and his family to their clean home.

I was very impressed with this book. The story is told in such a way that a small child will enjoy it, but an older child will be able to grasp the concept of the rapidly declining numbers of frogs. And they can understand how the zoo workers are trying to create more natural environments for these little creatures. The illustrations are bright and colorful and aid in telling the story. The author has done an incredible amount of research and presented it in an enjoyable way. The book also includes a curriculum guide, additional information on the frogs, and information on the people who helped put this book together. This book will work for parents, but would also be a great addition to the classroom. I'll have to buy another copy for our school, because we are definitely keeping this one.

I received this book free of charge from Five Star Publications in exchange for my honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning About Almost Extinct Frogs, August 30, 2013
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
Title: Cheery - The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Author: Elizabeth W. Davidson
Illustrator: Michael Hagelberg
Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-58985-025-5

"Then one wonderful afternoon, the zoo people take us in the truck again back to our old pond under the pine trees. While we were at the zoo, people had removed all the bullfrogs and crayfish from the pond. Now it's safe for us to live here." Cheery explains in Elizabeth W. Davidson's book, "Cheery - The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog."

This square paperback book is forty pages in length and targeted toward children in grades one to four. With no profanity or scary scenes, the story promotes protecting threatened amphibians in today's world since approximately forty percent of frogs and salamanders have disappeared worldwide. Illustrator Michael Hagelberg depicts vibrant, colorful and eye-catching drawings on almost every page. At the end of the story, there is an author's note about frogs, facts, curriculum guide, and contributors' biographies along with an order form.

In this educational tome, Cheery is an almost extinct Chiricahua Leopard Frog wiggling out of his gooey egg in a pond surrounded by pine trees. He eats green algae and listens to Wise Old Frog tell stories about how few frogs are left.

All of a sudden, a crayfish attacks Cheery but he slips away. He learns bullfrogs can also eat him and give him diseases. He continues to grow long legs and loses his tail since he eats so many crickets, mosquitoes, beetles, spiders, and dragonflies. As winter comes, he hops under a log and hibernates under warm leaves until spring.

But when he looks for his friends, Cheery cannot find them so the old frog tells him they were eaten or got sick. Cheery is sad and lonely at night in the pond. The next day he finds a new friend that looks and sings like him.

When they are caught by a net, they are taken to the zoo and Cheery sees Wise Old Frog and other frogs again. After eggs are laid, he and his friends return to the pond, this time free of all crayfish, bullfrogs and diseases.

This is an excellent tool to teach young ones about the life of a frog and the possible extinction of such a creature. With the engaging pictures to look at that coincide with the story and the helpful guide for further research, this is a marvelous book to get children involved in preservation of our planet.

This book was furnished by Five Star Publications in lieu of an unbiased review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile & Important Children's Books, August 28, 2013
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Carolyn Warren (Seattle, WA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
Cheery: The true adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog by Elizabeth W. Davidson and illustrated by Michael Hagelberg is a perfect example of a worthwhile and important children's book. It has all the elements of a good story while providing education. Unlike a lot of the drivel published for kids, it has a purpose and point.

As the story opens, Cheery is a pollywog, also called a Chiricahua (Cheer-a-cow-ah) frog tadpole. He happily does what nature has intended: swims, eats algae, and grows in his cozy pond surrounded by friends such as birds, dragonflies, and Wise Old Frog. The first plot point occurs when Cheery spots two dangerous enemies that have been placed in his home by humans: the crayfish and the bullfrog.

The reader is taken through summer, winter hibernation, and the spring awakening with Cheery. But spring, which should be a wonderful time of awakening, brings a harsh reality. Many of Cheery's friends have been killed or eaten during the winter. Cheery is now sad and lonely.

One day, some humans come to the pond and scoop up Cheery in a bucket and take him sloshing down the road in a truck to a new location. At first, it seems scary, but it turns out to be a new, temporary home at the zoo where kind folks help Cheery and other Chiricahua Leopard frogs thrive and grow.

The adventures come full circle to a wonderful surprise, which I won't spoil here. But suffice it to say that the story is as interesting as the science is educational. The creators of this wonderful book are well qualified for the project.

Elizabeth W. Davidson, the author, has her doctorate in entomology and conducts research on amphibians, working with scientists from around the world.

Michael Hagelberg, the illustrator, became the creative director, designer, and illustrator for Arizona State University's award winning Research magazine.

One of my favorite things about this book is the curriculum guide for educators and parents that appears at the back. Jean Kilker, the creator of the guide, is a teacher-librarian and former Follett Librarian of the Year. There are discussion questions for before, during, and after reading. There is also a list of resources, including a link where you can listen to real frogs.

Alarmingly, Chiricahua Leopard frogs are disappearing from our Earth. We should care -and teach our children to care-because these amphibians are important to our "food web." They eat insects that bite us, and they serve as food for fish, birds and other animals that are also important to our world.

Highly recommended for home and classrooms alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!, August 26, 2013
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
The Chiricahua Leopard Frog is a threatened species. Over 80% of the sites that once were occupied by these frogs have lost their frog population. Predators , disease, loss of habitat, and drought are the main causes for the decline.

Elizabeth W. Davidson wrote a beautiful nonfiction nature book which details the life cycle of this species of frog. This particular frog was named Cheery and was rescued by the zoo in Arizona so that they could try to propagate the species.

The story will assist your child in understanding the amphibian life cycle and how Arizona is trying to save and reintroduce the Chiricahua Leopard Frog back into their original habitats.

Michael Hagelberg's illustrations are beautiful and compliment Elizabeth's text so well.

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great way to introduce science into k-3 classrooms, February 14, 2012
This was an awesome resource to stumble upon. It has so many angles to teach from. It's simple but relatable and the young learners really seemed to attach themselves to the main character. This is a great addition to any schools science or habitat sections of the library. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Preschool children enjoy author's reading of Cheery, October 17, 2011
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
I watched the preschool children's faces as Betty Davidson read her story of Cheery. I could see their concern of the plight of the Chiricahua Leopard Frog and their relief in how he and his family were saved by the help of the scientists involved. We later visited a video site on line that showed the work that was being done by the Phoenix Zoo. I found this story to be clearly written about a complex issue. I particularly liked the illustrations which are clear and follow this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspire future nature lovers!, October 16, 2011
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
To me, this book is really poignant because it gets kids to learn about what they can do to help preserve nature, and in this case, amphibians specifically - by first getting them to care about one particular frog character (Cheery) and the plight he's faced with when his home is destroyed. Right away they want to help this little frog character in the story, which sets a foundation for learning more as they get older towards how they can better preserve nature and protect "Cheery" and all amphibians by respecting their habitats. What's great about this book, also, is that it not only tells a story - but is written by educators and gives a full 'curriculum' and extra resource tips in the back how to make a whole lesson plan around frogs, nature and learning more about other animals caught in Cheery's situation that kids will care about and then better appreciate the circumstances surrounding Cheery's journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book to teach youngsters the life cycle of frogs, August 6, 2011
This review is from: Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Paperback)
When we first meet Cheery, she is a tiny gooey egg, surrounded by lots and lots of other gooey eggs, all waiting to burst from their enclosures. As the story progresses, the reader watches (and learns) Cheery grow from an egg, to a tadpole and finally a frog. But not just any frog, a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, a frog native to eastern Arizona and northern Mexico.

Sadly, the Chiricahua Leopard Frog is a "Threatened Species" and so, in this story, we learn about the dangers that face this amphibian, dangers that are largely man-made. Cheery has to be very, very careful or she might be eaten by a bullfrog or crayfish, two species that man has introduced into Cheery's pond. There is also a disease that was brought into the pond by the bullfrog, a disease that could kill Cheery.

After a summer of playing with friends, Cheery finds a pile of leaves and crawls underneath for a long winter's nap. When she wakes up the next spring, she is dismayed to discover that most of her fellow Leopard Frogs have fallen victim to those man-made dangers that lurk within the pond. Will Cheery also become a statistic, or does she have a brighter future?

Cheery is a well conceived book that teaches young readers (ages 9-12) about one species that faces extinction if something is not done. The story is upbeat (and there's a happy ending!) and the drawings are bright and playful. The story is told in the first person, by Cheery, which helps to bring the urgency of her plight home to readers. There is also plenty of information within the pages of this book that explain the life-cycle of frogs in a fun and engaging way. Readers will be well-versed in "everything frog" after reading the story. With four pages of resources at the back (numerous website links included), the book is an excellent resource for those wishing to do a school/home school project about an endangered species.
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Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Cheery: The True Adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog by Elizabeth W. Davidson (Paperback - April 1, 2011)
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