Without the carefully selected detail and none of the pedagogic panache of Patent's Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders. . . this covers some similar material on frog and toad reproduction, physiology and specialized adaptations in a less rigorous way. Compared to Patent's description of, say, frog courtship, the material here is unsystematic and dwells on curiosities and exceptions rather than more typical behavior patterns. And though amphibian allusions from Shakespeare to Twain are a nice touch we could do without so much cleverness (""When you put a spoonful of sugar in your iced tea, be thankful to the giant toad "") and the several references to ""natives."" A popularized extra.