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The Frog Scientist

by Pamela S. Turner
Photographed by Andy Comins

Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
58 pages
ISBN: 978-0-618-71716-3

Ages 10-15

Dr. Tyrone Hayes and his study of amphibians both in the field and at his lab at the University of California, Berkeley, are highlighted in an excellent addition to the reliable “Scientists in the Field” series. Beginning with an early childhood interest in frogs, Tyrone went on to attend Harvard but considered dropping out during his undergraduate years. A professor recognized the young man’s potential and gave him a research job in his lab, a move that became a pivotal milestone in Tyrone’s career. Dr. Hayes’ studies of the effects of atrazine, a common agricultural pesticide, are presented in clear detail, with text, photos, and diagrams efficiently modeling the Scientific Method. Although the producer of atrazine initially employed Dr. Hayes to study the pesticide’s effects, they refused to let him publish the results of his work. Repeated experimentation undergone independently produced similar results, and Dr. Hayes has gone on to publicize the data in academic and public arenas. Pamela Turner deftly mixes scientific information with personal stories featuring Dr. Hayes, his family, and his students in a book that can engage readers from a broad range of perspectives, including academic, scientific, political, cultural, and social. Andy Comins’ excellent photographs are well-captioned and liberally sprinkled throughout this appealingly designed volume. CCBC categories: The Natural World.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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