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Frog: A Photographic Portrait Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756641322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756641320
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stunning photos' The Independent on Rainforest 'We dare you to pick up this book and not be enthralled' The Sunday Times Travel Magazine on Rainforest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Thomas Marent started photographing natural history subjects, particularly birds and butterflies, in the mountains of his native Switzerland, and has dedicated nearly half of his life to recording wildlife across five continents. He is the author of DK's Rainforest and Butterfly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the very beginning, upon opening the book, I was delighted.
Pater Ecstaticus
Thomas Marent always produces beautiful books full of vibrant photographs.
eliluvschris
Our son LOVES frogs and has been enjoying this book for over a year.
M. Osburn

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pater Ecstaticus on August 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is my first acquaintance with the photography of Thomas Marent, so I did not know what to expect really. But more often than not a picture on the front cover of the book can tell you something about the quality of photography inside. And considering the low price, I did not really hesitate to buy.
From the very beginning, upon opening the book, I was delighted. The book begins in a very nice way: upon opening the cover and leafing through the frontispiece and title page one does not immediately get to the copyright info and list of contents, but one is treated first with ten pages of gorgeous photographs of frogs with just small captions of their names and places, so that one is immediately pulled into the world of frogs and amphibians before any 'explanation' begins. After the list of contents (listing the foreword and chapters on 'identity', 'body form', 'survival', 'reproduction', 'amphibian families' and index) there is a foreword by the photographer, telling a bit about his motives for making this book (mainly his passion for nature and wildlife in general and frogs especially).
I am delighted by the editing, which is gorgeous: the crisp colour photographs and white typeface are set on black background, with many photos covering the whole page or the total width of two pages. Also, on many pages a few photographs are placed on the same page to compare features, shapes or sizes among different species (or sometimes within the same species, like the different skin hues for day and night on the tree frog Hyla rubracyla). In other occasions, one photo overlaps the whole page and just a bit of the other, leaving space for one or two other photos and some text now and then. Some photos also zoom in on details of the bodies, like heads, eyes, legs, toes or fingers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blind Willie on November 23, 2008
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If you like frogs, you will love this beautiful book and its wonderful photographs. Even if you don't like frogs, you will still love this beautiful book and its wonderful photographs. Not only is it a lush and wonderful study in and of itself, it provides an excellent lesson to photographers and artists of just how much can be done with a (possibly) limited subject. Buy one for yourself and extras to give to family and friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy E. Lammon on January 6, 2009
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What a beautiful book. The photography is stunning. Thomas Marent is quickly becoming one of my favorite photographers. If you have not seen his previous book entitled "Rainforest", I highly recommend that one, too. I believe he also has a book out on butterflies. Don't just flip through the pages mesmerized by the photographs - you will miss out on some great stories/comments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Snowder on August 29, 2009
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If you are like me, you are a true frog lover. Why? Maybe it is their BIG eyes, maybe it is their permanent smile, I don't know. But I do know, this book is breath taking. It is the perfect book to read/look through as you are relaxing on the patio. You will smile and say ahhhh when you own this wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Osburn on March 15, 2010
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This is our first book with pictures by Marent - oh my!!! His photographs are amazing!! Our son LOVES frogs and has been enjoying this book for over a year. He STILL pulls it out and studies the pictures in detail - he has never tired of it.

For anyone who likes frogs, you MUST have this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nana on December 22, 2009
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Purchased for a Christmas gift for our 7 year old grandson who LOVES FROGS!! Was pleasantly surprised at the size of the book & it's beautifully pictured pages. He was thrilled when he saw it. Very pleased not only with the book but how quickly it was expedited to us. Thanks, Amazon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chili on January 6, 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter. She had seen it in a gift shop while on vacation and I can tell you Amazon has much better prices than gift shops. My daughter is a veterinarian for a zoo and when I asked she gives a thumbs up to both the pictures and text. I believe that after throughly reading and viewing the book it will be a reference guide on her bookshelf at the zoo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Otha MC on September 12, 2009
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This book is beautiful. While the text is sparse, the pictures are priceless. I bought this for my 5 year-old who loves frogs. He pores over the pages for at least an hour at a time. Most frogs are named scientifically and/or commonly. We have enjoyed many hours of looking at this together. It is truly a work of art!
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