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Australia's Cane Toads

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Before 1935, there were no cane toads in Australia. Today, they are a huge presence in the country. In fact, scientists estimate that there are 83 toads for every person there! The big amphibians—which can weigh close to three pounds—show up on highways, in watering holes meant for cattle, and in people’s yards in town. Because they ooze a powerful poison when attacked, they kill many wild animals as well as pets each year. In Australia’s Cane Toads: Overrun, students will learn all about these troublesome creatures. The fascinating account describes why and how the toads were first brought to Australia, how they spread far and wide, and what scientists and everyday people are doing to try to control their population today. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the dramatic details. Written in narrative format, this series is sure to keep young readers engaged.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Copyright 2016
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series They Don't Belong: Tracking Invasive Species
Language English
ISBN 9781627248280, 9781627248884, 9781627249485
Title Format Reinforced book, Unlimited Access eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 597.8'7
ATOS Reading Level 5.5
Guided Reading Level Q
Lexile Reading Level 990
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 8.4
AR Quiz Number 177272
Author Sneed B. Collard III

SLC Review for They Don't Belong: Tracking Invasive Species

Invasive species can do an amazing amount of damage, and readers will learn exactly what this amounts to in this series. Each species is charged with a long list of crimes that includes destroying flora and fauna, ravaging crops, and seriously injuring local residents. The crisp, colorful digital photographs graphically capture the species and their destructive behaviors. Students looking for gross-out value will love the photos of dissected pythons and cane toads feasting on kangaroo carcasses. Each book is divided into small chapters and includes a further reading section. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents. Recommended.

School Library Journal Review for They Don't Belong: Tracking Invasive Species

Covering multiple aspects of a fascinating topic, each title in this excellent set examines a single invasive species. Each selection opens with a current example of the animal’s impact and then traces the history of its arrival and provides reasons for its proliferation. The writing is lively and direct and makes good use of specific, intriguing facts, such as the brown tree snake’s effect on Guam’s electricity. Readers will appreciate learning about efforts being made to deal with the problem, such as traps to reduce the feral pig population. Among the other strong features are frequent quotes from scientists in the field. Page layouts include a well-chosen mixture of large photographs and spot images. One spread, for instance, demonstrates the diversity of the cane toad’s diet using separate photos of the creatures feasting on a smaller toad, pet food, and a kangaroo carcass. VERDICT Lively, engaging presentations on specific species and on the general concept.

Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations