Recently, I came across a delightful new book -- The Toad by Elise Gravel. I exclaimed to my coworker – “I love toads! Toads are my childhood!” This was met with much merriment. But, it is true. Tadpoles and toads were a big part of my life when I was growing up in Massapequa Park. We lived near a storm basin, filled with water, and we would look for and easily find tadpoles and baby toads and grown-up toads. At night, we would hear them sing. It is one of my favorite sounds. These days, I rarely see toads anymore. Sadly, they are disappearing due to pollution and loss of habitat. But when I am lucky enough to come across one or if I hear them sing, it always makes me happy. It evokes wonderful memories of summers past.
Toad booklist (this is a very short list --- these are not all the books the library has on toads; for more titles, please ask one of the librarians. Preferably one that has an appreciation for toads. Probably not Miss Amy):
The book that inspired me -- The Toad by Elise Gravel (it is part of a series called Disgusting Critters but toads are NOT disgusting. At all). It is filled with interesting information about these creatures and is very entertaining:
This beautiful book, Gem by Hollie Hobbie, is aptly titled:
Posted by Miss Sue Ann, certified toad lover.