Frog

Frog From the metamorphosing fairytale Frog Prince and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher to dissections in science class to television s Kermit frogs are ever present in our childhoods Just what is it about thi

  • Title: Frog
  • Author: Charlotte Sleigh
  • ISBN: 9781861899200
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the metamorphosing fairytale Frog Prince and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, to dissections in science class, to television s Kermit, frogs are ever present in our childhoods Just what is it about this slimy creature that captures our imagination While much attention has been paid to the scientific qualities of the frog, little has been said about the large role played bFrom the metamorphosing fairytale Frog Prince and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, to dissections in science class, to television s Kermit, frogs are ever present in our childhoods Just what is it about this slimy creature that captures our imagination While much attention has been paid to the scientific qualities of the frog, little has been said about the large role played by this slippery amphibian in art, literature and popular culture.Charlotte Sleigh s witty, readable Frog provides an entertaining and sometimes shocking account of this much loved, and much misunderstood animal Sleigh provides answers to many questions, including why frogs have been so prominent in fairy tales, and also scientific experiments throughout the years, and just what place the frog holds in religion The many faces of the frog are also explored, such as the devilish and comic the sophisticated and chauvinist the revolting and delicious The author weaves the natural history of the frog together with their mythology in a way that has not been done before Featuring many fine images of frogs from nature and culture, Frog will appeal to a wide audience from those who keep these remarkable amphibians in their homes, to those who recall stories from their childhood with affection, to those who regard them as a tasty dinner.Charlotte Sleigh is Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the University of Kent, Canterbury She is the author of Ant 2003 , also published by Reaktion Books.

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    1. Great, compact overview of the frog and how it has been utilised in symbolic, cultural and scientific terms. The review of the frog's contribution to scientific progress was especially well thought out and mention of the recent concern as amphibians being labelled a barometer species dealt with in a balanced way. A lightness of touch when needed helped to convey the relevance the frog has had on a wider societal level. The sections on the frog and its place in literature were a little brief but [...]

    2. Potential wasted.This is supposed to be a cultural history of the frog, which is a greta idea for a book--one I'd love to write myself! And when I think of the difficulty of organizing such a morass of material, I sympathize with Sleigh's plight. Unfortunately, I don't think she ever found her way out.Part of the problem is the voice: the book toggles between an omniscient voice of how the frog has been seen throughout history and throughout the world, with occasional recognition that most of th [...]

    3. "While much attention has been paid to the scientific qualities of the frog, little has been said about the large role played by this slippery amphibian in art, literature and popular culture." (back cover)I'm afraid this statement led me to expect something different from this book; to my tastes at least it glossed over the examination of the frog in art, literature and popular culture, while (needlessly?) going quite in-depth into the related sciences. Undoubtedly a solid book, written quite o [...]

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