Cheery by Elizabeth W. Davidson
The true adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog

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Cheery is a frog. He’s a Chiricahua Leopard Frog, to be more precise. Okay, he’s not a frog yet. At the beginning of the story, he’s still a tadpole. Young readers will learn how a tadpole turns into a frog and why some frogs—like Cheery—are dramatically declining in numbers around the world. Author Dr. Elizabeth W. Davidson is a research scientist at Arizona State University where she is working to save these amazing amphibians. Cheery: The true adventures of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog puts the problem in terms that young readers can grasp. The book contains valuable lesson guides for parents and teachers.

About Elizabeth W. Davidson

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Elizabeth W. Davidson received her doctorate in entomology from Ohio State University where she studied the interactions between insects and bacteria. Her research in this field is now being used worldwide to help control mosquitoes and black flies. In recent years, she has focused her research on the diseases of amphibians and has worked in collaboration with scientists from around the globe. Their work has shown that amphibians are disappearing at an alarming rate in countries all over the world (nearly half of all species could become extinct during our lifetimes). Dr. Davidson and her colleagues are working to isolate the various causes of these population declines and to help preserve these fascinating creatures. Her laboratory, for example, found a highly pathogenic virus causing die-offs of the endangered Sonoran tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi). Dr. Davidson and her husband, Dr. Joseph Davidson, have been at Arizona State University since 1973. Michael Hagelberg couldn't make up his mind about what he wanted to be when he grew up. He had a strong affinity for science and natural history, but art was also tempting. He eventually gave in to art. Hagelberg began his career as a designer with agency and freelance work after graduating from Northern Arizona University, but the desire to combine science and art soon took him into educational publications. He became creative director, designer and illustrator of Arizona State University's award-winning Research magazine. His graphic designs and illustrations have been recognized with awards from the University and College Designers Association, International Association of Business Communicators and Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Today he illustrates for magazine and book publishers, as well as develops fine art. He resides in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Published June 1, 2011 by Five Star Publications, Inc.. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math, Education & Reference.

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