The Mystery of Darwin%E2%80%99s Frog

Marty Crump, illus. by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez. Boyds Mills, $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-59078-864-6
An amphibian with some highly unusual biological characteristics is the subject of this thorough examination. In 1834, while exploring Lemuy Island in southern Chile, Charles Darwin discovered a previously unidentified species of frog with a pointy nose. Decades later, scientists noticed a curious detail about it: tadpoles frequently reside inside the male frogs’ vocal sacs—just one of several mysteries to emerge surrounding Darwin’s frog, some of which went unsolved well into the 20th century (the reason behind the frogs’ diminishing population remains an open question). Jenkins’s cut-paper constructions combine with Rodriguez’s portraits of scientists and with arresting color photographs of the frogs in the wild. Crump investigates a riddle of biodiversity with clarity and style. Ages 7–11. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 04/01/2013
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