Monday, August 26, 2013
Book Review - Cheery: the true adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog
About the Book
Cheery is a frog. He's a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, to be more precise. Okay, he's not a frog yet. At the beginning of the story, he's still a tadpole. Young readers will learn how a tadpole turns into a frog and why some frogs like Cheery are dramatically declining in numbers around the world. Author Dr. Elizabeth W. Davidson is a research scientist at Arizona State University where she is working to save these amazing amphibians. Cheery: How a Lonely Frog Finds Friends puts the problem in terms that young readers can grasp. The book contains valuable lesson guides for parents and teachers.
My Take on the Book
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.
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