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Deformed Frogs: A Cause and Effect Investigation
This title covers these subjects: Frogs., Frogs -- Diseases., Animals -- Diseases.
Deformed Frogs: A Cause and Effect Investigation
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Deformed Frogs: A Cause and Effect Investigation

With missing body parts, extra legs, and eyes growing inside mouths, something unusual is happening to frogs. As their environment changes, frogs have become animals on the edge. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind deformed frogs.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level810L
AR Points5.3
AR Quiz #137674
Early Intervention Level27
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandFact Finders
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $27.99 School/Library Price

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Series Made Simple; School Library Journal - June Shimonishi

"Tackling recent incidents involving animals in jeopardy, these well-organized books go behind the sensational headlines to provide a deeper understanding of the issues. The titles document the problem, give relevant background information, investigate probable causes, and suggest possible solutions. Excellent discussions address those who doubt the severity of the issue and those who wonder why people should care what happens to animals. The captioned photographs are timely and poignant. Despite grim predictions, the books maintain an encouraging tone. A first-rate series that makes serious subject matter interesting and accessible." - Series Made Simple; School Library Journal

November 1, 2010

Library Media Connection - Deborah Bates Cavitt

"Animals change along with human populations. Each book in this series begins with a problem that is solved through a series of questions. For example, in the elephant book, elephants act out and turn against their trainers. At the end, there are solutions for learning to co-exist with the elephants. I was intrigued by the flowcharts and the lists of animal resources/organizations. Each book also includes colorful photos, charts, maps, and graphic organizers. Vocabulary is defined in context as well as in a glossary. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites Table of Contents. Index. Additional Selection." - Library Media Connection

March 1, 2011

Vegbooks Blog - Carolyn M. Mullin

"If anything, Deformed Frogs is a unique way to approach and support an organic lifestyle. The premise of this non-fiction, educational work is for the reader to sleuth their way through the enigma of why, in some habitats, up to 60% of frogs are disfigured, either with abnormal, additional or missing limbs. What we discover is that there are three very plausible explanations: pesticide use on farmsteads, flatworm parasites that cause cysts in tadpoles, and a weak ozone layer that allows harmful UV-B rays to shine through. Like any animal, frogs play a large role in their ecosystem, eating pesky insects and serving as a food source for others. Their demise could greatly affect the health of their environment and also foreshadow our own future, suggests author Kathy Allen, as both species share similar characteristics. Students will appreciate how scientists approach such baffling issues and attempt to advocate for and protect frogs. Check out the Save The Frogs campaign for neat ways your kid can help these rather cute amphibians, including the establishment of a frog pond at their school. Find other titles of interest (polar bears, whales) from Capstone." - Vegbooks Blog

November 18, 2010

Kathy Allen

Kathy Allen

Kathy Allen has published over one dozen books for children. She has previously worked as an editor and in marketing for children's library book publishers. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. Allen lives with her husband and their son in Minneapolis.

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