Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nonfiction Wednesday and Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to Kid Lit Frenzy, I made a goal to read more children's nonfiction this year which I will be featuring on my blog every Wednesday.
Here is the nonfiction book I read this week:
The Mystery of Darwin's Frog
The Mystery of Darwin's Frog by Marty Crump, illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez
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The Darwin's Frog is such an unusual and fascinating creature. It has intrigued scientists for almost 180 years! Charles Darwin spotted the frog in 1834 in Chile. Darwin's frogs can be various colors, but all of them have a distinct flap of skin on the nose that make it look pointy. Another unusual feature is that the male frog slurps up the eggs right before they hatch or the tadpoles right after they hatch and stores them in his vocal chords for about two months. When they're ready to come out, he "burps" them up and out of his mouth! Fascinating! Now scientists are worried that the frogs are disappearing, possibly due to a fungus. Preparations are being made to prevent extinction from occurring. Steve Jenkins's paper collage illustrations of the frogs, Edel Rodriguez's drawings of the scientists, and the various photographs complete this interesting nonfiction book about one of nature's most creative animals. I think kids will really like learning about this frog!
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  1. What!?!?! is this for real? I've never heard of such a thing! I'm going to definitely get this book, my kids would be fascinated! We were at the park today and could hear the frogs singing away in the pond but couldn't spot any. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I need to find this one. It looks great.