Friday, 11 October 2013

Review: 'A Place for Frogs' by Melissa Stewart

A Place for Frogs, by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Higgins Bond, 2009, Peachtree, $16.95, hardbound, 30 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: quite good. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Another of the wonderful A Place for . . . series, A Place for Frogs explains how frogs are beneficial to humans as well as other animals. It also tells us what humans are doing to harm frogs and how we can help. 

For example, the introduction of new plants to a natural habitat can be hard on frog populations. Oregon spotted frogs have trouble finding places to lay their eggs when too much reed canary grass is planted. Removing the reed canary grass and replacing it with native plants can help the Oregon spotted frogs live and thrive.  

A number of frogs are introduced in this book, and maps are given at the beginning and end so you can see where each species lives. There's a nifty section on frog facts, as well as a list of books and websites for further information. 

Note: some readers may be disturbed by the depiction of a snake eating a frog; you may want to peruse the book before handing it over to sensitive readers. 

For ages six and up. 

If you liked this one, try: A Place for Bats, by Melissa Stewart. 

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