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Flashy, Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs Paperback – March 1, 1999
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Grade 1-4. Although many books on tropical rain forests include information about tree frogs, none concentrates on these animals to the extent that Patent does here. She discusses rain-forest ecology and how it affects the lives of the small creatures, but her primary focus is on the frogs themselves. The author notes the similarities and differences in their life cycles, especially the ways they produce their young. Patent mentions the poisonous properties of some frogs and notes the use of the poison both by native hunters and by scientists developing medicines. She also mentions the endangered status of frogs in some parts of the world. Maps indicate the regions where various creatures live. Jubb's illustrations are colorful but somewhat overcrowded. Although the approach emphasizes the abundant plant and animal life of the tropical rain forest, it makes focusing on the frogs themselves difficult at times. Also, the pictures don't convey effectively the size differences noted in the text. Still, they do an adequate job of holding children's attention. The material is interesting enough to draw a wider audience than just students doing reports.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ages 5^-8. With text overlaid on illustrations that completely cover every page, this book introduces rain forest frogs, showing how they are like North American frogs, how some of them are unique, and how they are suited to their habitats. Just as the text is packed with information, the pictures are dense with color and line. Wherever the viewer's eyes fall on the page, another rain forest creature is there. Visually, the bounty can be disconcerting, particularly when separate pictures with similar colors and patterns meet in the center margin of a spread, as they often do. Still, the jacket illustration is eye-catching, and many of the interior scenes are attractive in their own right. The book's well-written text is right on the mark for the age group. A world map locates various frogs in rain forests on five continents on the colorful endpapers. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are a lot of frog facts packed in and on these 32 pages; facts that in truth be applied to frogs all over the world and not just in the rain forest. But all that being said and noted, the thrust of this particular work of course is on those fascinating amphibians found in the quickly dwindling rain forest of our planet. And make no mistake about it, we are loosing these creatures at a rate that boggles the mind. year after year- indeed, month after month! It is quite possible; indeed, it is quite likely that your grandchildren will only be able to see them as pictures and they will enter the realm now occupied by dinosaurs and Passenger Pigeons.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has done a wonderful job is writing of her subject here. Not only has she written a wonderful natural history of the rain forest frogs, but she has doe it in a manner that the little ones can and do understand perfectly. If that were not enough, Kendahl Jan Jubb has offered up some of the finest paintings of these secretive yet colorful creatures that you will ever lay eyes on. To be honest, I can spend hours just looking at her beautifully executed art in this one.
These two, writer and artist have blended their talents, which are considerable, to provide us an exciting learning tool; a tool I have found that children are drawn to time and time again. This team has captured the essence of the environment perfectly. I am lucky in the fact that I have had the privilege of visiting rain forests; walking, listening, smelling and breathing this vanishing ecosystem. Trust me...these two caught it all.
Give your child a treat...as a matter of fact, give yourself a treat and get this one for the family bookshelf.