My first book of Southern African frogs is designed for children. It is, however, an excellent primer for adults.
Written by Jeanne Tarrant, illustrated by Sally MacLarty, it has all of the charm of the rest of the series. It also has a CD of frog calls. Sponsored by Sasol and published by Struik Nature, an imprint of Penguin Random House, this was first published in 2015.
For those who don’t know this fabulous series, the series is translated into Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa – perfect for young people practising other languages.
Each entry has a distribution map, a size chart (some of them are smaller than most bugs), and a look at the eggs of the frog.
There is an informative introduction with a labelled frog diagram, discussion on amphibians and the lifecycle of frogs.
I was enchanted with this book and would like to spend some time in suitable wetlands looking for these frogs. Lots of travelling, for few of them are widespread. Another feature is pointing out how endangered some of these species actually are.
This entire series is worth every penny. Its recommended selling price is R120.00 which makes it a value for money proposition on a book shelf.
The ISBN for this book is 978-1-77584-158-6.