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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
Rating:*****
Tags:Non-Fiction, Science, Biography

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When I was younger I would go to the school library and check out little fact books on certain topics (mostly animals) and I really enjoyed them. That being said "The Frog Scientist" by Pamela S. Turner is no such book, it is much more. The little fact books I read when I was younger were merely a collection of content knowledge. There is nothing inherently wrong with those types of books only they lack certain elements which would be useful for inclusion in a public school curriculum. One major feature this book has over those little fact books is that it covers the story of Dr. Tyrone Hayes from his childhood fascination of outdoor critters to his eventual success as an amphibian researcher. There are also glimpses into his personal life as how he collected box turtles in his yard, how his father did not celebrate the fourth of July because as an African American his people were not truly free on July 4, 1776, and how we was struggling at Harvard until a professor looks past his sub-optimal grades and mentors him, and his eventual graduation and work with amphibians. These details help to build a sense of relatability with the reader. It is a way to bridge the gap between reader and content. It communicates the fact that scientists are also human beings, real people work in the creation of these bodies of knowledge. Additionally the book is a great choice for low SES classrooms because it illustrates the success of Dr. Hayes who is of African American descent. Students of African American descent are able to see Dr. Hayes and know that success in the field of biology and other sciences is always within reach. The book doesn't skimp on the content portion either. The book covers many aspect of amphibian life and reproduction, how pesticides can adversely affect an ecosystem, the scientific method and experimental design, and the importance of repeated research. Another interesting thing this book does is not only focusing on Dr. Hayes but also his children during the specimen collection and his lab workers during the atrazine study. Choosing to focus on them allows more relatability in the sense that it creates a sense of engagement and involvement. Instead of solely focusing on Dr. Hayes and his work it displays what the kids and teenagers do and contribute. Students are able to see themselves in the shoes of the young people of this book and also come to the conclusion that science is something he/she can do and have interest in. This book does a great job of adding the human element to science learning. This is no mere fact book, it is something much greater. ( )
  jallen3 | Jan 25, 2017 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618717161, Hardcover)

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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