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Poison dart frogs
Dewey, Jennifer.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A variety of colorful and tiny poison dart frogs living in the rain forests of Central and South America are pictured in their natural habitat. Topics covered include mating habits, natural predators, methods to extract the frog's poison, and its unique nurturing habits.
Reading Level:
NC 1060 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.3 0.5 45414.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 2 Quiz: 16304 Guided reading level: O.
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QL668.E233 D49 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Author Notes

Author and illustrator Jennifer Owings Dewey was raised in New Mexico, but graduated from high school in California. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Mexico. Her writing career shows her deep attachment to the natural world and an interest in wilderness and unique environments. She received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a four-month stay in Antarctica, where she sketched and photographed the landscape and wildlife and kept a detailed journal of her experiences. She received the Orbis Pictus Award for Wildlife Rescue: The Work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, the John Burroughs Award for Mud Matters, and the National Science Teachers Association Award for her body of work in the field of nonfiction for children. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. More than 100 different kinds of poison dart frogs live in the rain forests of Central and South America. When these tiny creatures are scared or excited, they release a poison through their skin, which is used by hunters on blowpipe darts to kill wild game. Dewey's straightforward text is clear and concise, providing enough fascinating details to interest young readers and listeners without overwhelming them. Colored pencil drawings show the frogs in their natural environment in various stages of development and activity. A solid offering for young naturalists. --Karen Hutt

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘The diversity of life in rain-forest environments is clearly evident in this introduction to the beautiful but often deadly poison dart frogs. Several of the more than 100 known varieties of these tiny creatures are described with interesting facts relating the ways frogs release poison when frightened and how their bright coloration discourages predators. Unusual ways of insuring survival of the young are revealed as parent frogs carry newly hatched tadpoles to cups of water contained within bromeliads where they will remain until maturity. A section on methods used by local hunters to capture these frogs and extract poison to use in blowpipes is included. Each illustrated frog is labeled with both common and scientific names, some of which are hard to read as they are placed against background settings. The artwork itself, while expertly drawn in colored pencil, has a hazy softness that is in contrast to the bold hues found in rain forest habitats. In addition, the medium fails to capture the moist and slippery qualities of the poison dart frog's skin that are described in the text. Nevertheless, this is an informative look at these unique animals. It could motivate readers to seek out other sources and expand the study of life cycles of frogs.‘Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.