Monday, April 22, 2013

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs by Sandra Markle

Happy Earth Day, Dear Readers!
This week, in celebration of my favorite place to live... That's right: EARTH! I will be re-posting earth friendly books all this week. Starting today, let's explore one of the problems we see in nature that's growing rapidly. Extinction. Being aware of what's going on, helps youngsters to consider how our actions effect the world in which we live. The sooner we teach children that actions have consequences, the better chance we have of helping them take better care of themselves and our world.

Put on your sleuth hats and get out the clue finders for today's read will take you on a real life search for the mystery behind the Vanishing Golden Frogs. Sandra Markle provides beautiful, vibrant photos of the Panama frogs, their lush habitat and the scientist working to figure out what is killing these cute little yellow frogs.

Learn the scientific process that is undertaken when nature is threatened and scientist work diligently to discover the cause and figure out ways to fix the problem. I know you'll find this real life story intriguing.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery
Author: Sandra Markle                                                                                                                

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Millbrook Pr (October 2011)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Book Info: Library Binding: 48 pages
Genre: Non-fiction natural science
ISBN: 978-0761351085

Book Theme:
Ecology, disease, extinction, frogs, science, saving an animal species

Panamanian golden frogs aren't just cute, little, and yellow. They're also the national symbol of Panama. But they started to disappear about fifteen years ago. What's killing them? Could it be a change in their habitat? What about pollution? Might it be a result of climate change? Follow a team of scientists working to save these frogs and protect frog populations worldwide in this real-life science mystery.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Do a study on the frog life cycle. Graphs and coloring sheets and neat facts can be found over at Enchanted Learning. 

Older Readers:
Over at Sandra Markle's blog, she leads a discussion about the scientific process of figuring out what happened to the Panamanian golden frog. Read the book, then zip over for some discussion questions and extra activity links and ideas that will go along great with her book. 

Crafty Ideas:
Get out some colorful play dough and make your own small frog figurines like those found on page 5. You can leave them out to dry and display them if you like.

Make your own froggy beaded key chain.

Writing Prompts:
If you were a scientist, what field would you like to go into? Did this story fascinate you? Do you love learning about animals? Write about what area of science is most interesting. Then take some time to research and make notes on what that scientist does and what kind of education is needed.

You never know, this might be a possible career path for you!

Authors Arena

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally known science education consultant.

Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children's Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist.

Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links.

Markle lives in New Zealand with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffry.

Check out some of Markle's other books and her blog where you can learn more about what projects she is working on now.


Joanna said...

We are on the same wavelength today, only you have gone for a beautiful, little yellow amphibian and I have gone for the largest land mammal. This looks like an NF author I should be following!

Jackie Castle said...

She has some really great books out there. I'm hoping to check out more of them. Thanks. =)

Eric VanRaepenbusch said...

This looks like a fantastic book. I like that it is presented as a mystery -- I think kids (...and adults) will really get that idea. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks for stopping by.