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How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians Paperback – Jul 18 1995

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After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."

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How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians Aug. 16 2000
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An entertaining book for toddlers and yooung children. I got to watch my son bounce up and down with glee as he found each hiding critter, and even after dozens of repetitions it's still one of his favorite books. The illustrations are both bright and colorful, and realistic enough to give a good idea what the real animal looks like.
How to Hide a Meadow Frog April 29 2013
By Ana Lee Wade - Published on
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I thought the pictures were very colorful in this book, but I think the pages had too much on them for a 4-6 year old to comprehend and too busy. It was confusing to them with so much busy affect. I like Ruth Heller, but this is too much for my grandkids at this age. We did talk about the pictures as the words were a little deep at times.
Great for young, curious kids! Sept. 17 2014
By New Mom in Austin - Published on
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My 4 year old daughter loves this series of books. She has learned all about camouflage and was so excited to find the animals on each page. Only drawback is that once you've found them, it's less fun for future readings. Great if you can find them at your library, but if not still a fun book and valuable lesson on science.
Great book! Jan. 11 2013
By Patricia A McNinch - Published on
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This book keeps the students thinking. It's great to see them engaged in the book and challenging themselves to find the next animal.
Five Stars March 27 2015
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Love this series of books; purchased for my granddaughter as her father had them as a child.