AMPHIBIANS AND THEIR WAYS by H. Bucker Smyth

AMPHIBIANS AND THEIR WAYS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from page 768 of the August 15th bulletin, when scheduled for fall publication, as follows: ""Amphibians are backboned animals with a naked skin and a three-chambered heart, and frogs, toads, salamanders and caccilians comprise the three modern groups. Since the last group in race, and neither as interesting or as important as the other two, the author (a home naturalist) drops it from discussion. She describes, in great detail, the complete life-cycle of this form of life and one in impressed by the rituals and patterns of behavior that make their study so rewarding. Her careful observations and enthusiasm offset a rather matter-of-fact prose; the reader is alerted to the possibilities for duplicating Mrs. Smyth's investigations of amphibians; and there is a final chapter on their commercial importance to man. A non-technical introduction, this generates its own interest and may stimulate home study projects, etc.

Pub Date: Feb. 19th, 1961
Publisher: Macmillan