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The frog scientist by Pamela S. Turner

The frog scientist (edition 2009)

by Pamela S. Turner, Andy Comins

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Title:The frog scientist
Authors:Pamela S. Turner
Other authors:Andy Comins
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Non-Fiction, Science, Biography

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The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner



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This was a wonderful book about experiments that an African American scientist, Tyrone Hayes did with frogs. This book was extremely scientific and included several types of frogs in different habitats. His experiments helped to determine the reason some of the frogs were becoming extinct. The experiment showed all steps of the scientific method. I had a little problem with frogs being "poisoned" to conduct the experiments. However, it seemed to be for the good of the frog population. The frogs had to adapt to their environment which seemed to have poisons (atrazine) that were depleting their population. Dr. Hayes along with his wife seemed to enjoy the experiments. Dr. Hayes, was always interested in scientific inquiry, even as a child, this book should motivate young scientist to follow their dreams and do things they enjoy. ( )
  LaShika | May 4, 2016 |
It is hard to characterize this exceptionally written book. It is part biography, with great insight into Tyrone Hayes' life and work; and it is also a well-structured guide on the scientific process. As mom to a daughter, I instantly took notice of the female student scientists in Tyrone's lab. Without "saying a word," the author conveyed that science isn't just for boys.

Pros: There is a lot to explore in this guide on field biology and research. Don't mistake this as *just* a book for research papers! Exceptional photography complements very strong narrative that reads like you would expect in a biography.

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  TheReadingTub | Mar 17, 2016 |
I really liked this book; it was packed with so much information. The boy in this book was so interested in the life in his backyard that he become a scientist. Collecting frogs became more than a hobby. Tyrone is trying to figure out why frogs all around the world are dying. ( )
  glguerra | Nov 28, 2015 |
"The Frog Scientist" covers the work of Tyrone Hayes, a scientist studying the effects of pesticides on frogs. The book discusses the proper way to carry out a scientific experiment, discussing how Tyrone and his students are testing the effects of a pesticide called atrazine on leopard frogs. The book also looks into Tyrone's personal life, citing his past troubles in school and how he eventually became a researcher. "The Frog Scientist" discusses a very complicated experiment in terms that are easily understood by someone who may be new to the idea of the scientific method. The book also gives a lot of background into current issues affecting amphibian populations. ( )
  HadleyAdkins | Jan 25, 2015 |
An excellent book that portrays the steps of the scientific method. The book describes the work done by Dr. Tyrone Hayes on frogs. Dr. Hayes is trying to find the effect of pesticides especially atrazine on frogs. He realizes that the frogs are being feminized when they are exposed to the chemical. To support his hypothesis he conducts a series of experiments. Although he publishes his work which proves the detrimental effect of the pesticide on the frogs, the topic is still under debate.
It is an informative book with lots of beautiful pictures. The photographs show different types of frogs. in fact the graphics are so vivid and colorful that sometimes they take the readers mind away from the text. The book is filled with scientific terminology like hypothesis, manipulated variable, responding variable, control group and blind experiment. Another positive aspect of the book is that it shows how students who struggle in academics can still do well in life. Dr. Hayes, an African American student goes to Harvard, where he struggles to find his niche. He finally finds his true calling after working with frogs. Similarly one of his students, Jasmine, who flunked biology, now wants to be a doctor after working in his lab. It shows that students should discover "what they love and work hard at it". It also shows a humane side of scientists. Pictures of Tyrone having fun with his students support the idea that science can be fun. Finally many students can identify with young Tyrone's desire to pierce his ears. Usually scientist are portrayed as white coats white males who take their work very seriously. Seeing a scientists with a ponytail and pierced ears will definitely be a novelty for students.
The only negative aspect of the book is that it strays off path sometimes. It starts by discussing Tyrone's work and then goes on to talk about his background as well as why the frog population is declining. It finally goes back to the research topic on hand. Personally I like seamless transitions and did not care for these interruptions in the story.
The book can be read to students in a science class from grade 5th-10th. It shows how the scientific method works starting from a problem ("How does atrazine affect frog population") , to hypothesis (Atrazine feminizes frogs) to the data collection stage and finally the conclusion. ( )
  nmathur | Jan 18, 2015 |
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Gr 5-8--Being raised in then strictly segregated Columbia, SC, couldn't keep a smart young African-American man out of college, even prestigious Harvard University. Floundering in an unfamiliar milieu, Tyrone Hayes caught the attention of a serious science professor who recognized tire potential of this struggling student and became his mentor. Turner's lucid text and Comins's clear color photos follow Hayes's developing career to his present respected place as a gifted member of the scientific community. Researching the effects of atrazine-contaminated water on vulnerable amphibians, he is surrounded by the "Frog Squad," a group of enthusiastic students pouncing on flogs in ponds or collecting careful data in the lab. Grinning from pierced ear to pierced ear (and that is a story in itself), the genial scientist nurtures his assistants, encouraging their enthusiasms while demanding serious work. Of the same sterling quality as Sy Montgomery's engaging The Tarantula Scientist (2004) or her exciting Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton), this new addition to a stellar series opens an upbeat window to the adult application of youthful enthusiasms.--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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A capitivating and beautifully photographed Scientists in the Field title about a man trying to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, on us.

When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.
Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out.

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Tyrone Hayes works to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, us.

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