Written by Sandra Markle
Published by Milbrook Press 2011 Suitable for:
Ages 9 and up
Instead of the opening, I chose Sandra Markle's Authors note: (from the back of the book, because it's so good!)
"No tale of finding a serial killer could be more exciting than this true story. . . . But the story isn't over yet. The amphibian killer is still at large. Perhaps, one day, one of you will become the science detective who finally stops this killer."Synopsis:
This is a fascinating mystery of an amphibian, the golden frog, who was quickly disappearing from Panama.
Why I loved it:
This is a mystery that the kids will love reading about. It is absolutely fascinating! She shows the importance and the absolute fun that science can bring. The photographs are beautiful, striking really.
Resource and linkage:
First of all, this will further the advance of the importance of conserving nature. It does not just give one scientists opinion. One person sparks another and so on. The book includes a table of contents, ”how to help” section, glossary, age-appropriate recommended resources, index, and photo credits. From the NSTA website: The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs is an excellent portrayal of questioning, observing, hypothesizing, testing, collecting data, analyzing, and asking more questions. It embodies scientific inquiry and brings golden frogs to life for readers. The researchers’ quest to save these frogs continues. Few remain in the forests of Panama; most exist only in aquariums. Readers may become involved in the efforts to save frogs worldwide by following the tips for helping local frogs as well as investigating the global rescue efforts.
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