'Field Notes': The Tale Of Montana's Strangest Frog

Mar 26, 2017
Ascaphus montanus tadpole.

Several decades back while working as a biologist in Oregon, I was picking rocks off the bottom of a rushing stream. While investigating the underlying aquatic insects, I encountered an odd animal. It was what appeared to be a tadpole stuck to the bottom of the rock! Assuming all frogs and tadpoles occur in swamps, not in high elevation rushing streams, I wondered what it was doing there.

Review of 'I Don't Want to Be a Frog'

Jun 16, 2015

I Don't Want to Be a Frog by first-time author Dev Petty and Canadian illustrator Mike Boldt chronicles a frog's journey of self-discovery, who thinks life would be much better if he were a cat or a rabbit. Kids and parents alike will appreciate and relate to the frog's banter with his matter-of-fact father about the little frog's desire to be something different.