It tells the true story of Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a field biologist who is discovering the affects of pesticides (atrazine) on frogs. The photographs by Andy Comins are compelling and beautiful and add significant interest to this highly-readable book.
When I first received it, I looked over my tween daughter Amanda’s shoulder as she flipped through it. I saw photos of people working in a lab and oddly deformed frogs. I wasn’t sure that I would like it.
However, once I started reading — I loved it. The author does an excellent job of using and explaining scientific terms within the context of sharing Hayes’ research and mission. The text flows nicely and reads like a story. The photographs are truly fantastic.
Tyrone’s story was inspiring. He’s a good role model to kids who may not be interested in school, or science specifically, about the possibilities that are out there. It also ties the work of researchers that kids might see as boring, into the very real concerns that kids today have about the environment.
So the final test: I handed the book over to my 6th grade daughter.
She loves to read. . . .fiction. But once she started reading, she didn’t get up off the couch, and actually asked her brother to turn off the TV when he left the room.
I asked if she would read other books like that, and she still said that she prefers fiction, but she did like this book, and thinks that people who like non-fiction would really like it. This is a part of the Scientists in the Field series, so if people do like books like this, there is more where that came from.
Jennifer Donovan caught frogs under the streetlights on long summer nights when she was a young girl and hasn’t feared them since. Read more of her childhood memories and her children’s present at Snapshot.