Where can I buy the book?

It’s OFFICIAL!DarcyMoon_coverweb

DARCY MOON and the DEEP-FRIED FROGS has ARRIVED.

AND … it’s available throughout Australia as well as in Singapore.

Yippee!

FP_LogoforPIAFIN AUSTRALIA.

It is available in all good bookstores.

So leap into your local bookstore, and if you can’t find Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs on the shelves – ask an attendant. They will know where it is and if they’ve sold out, they can order you one in.

You can also order it online.

Order from Fremantle Press and get the book delivered to your door.

RRP 14.99 AUD

IN SINGAPORE.

It is coming soon to a book store near you.closetfullofbooks

Watch this space!

And in the mean time just order online.

Order from Closetful of Books and get the book delivered to your door.

As an added bonus the first 30 books sold online will be personally signed by the author (that’s me!).

AND … if you enter the coupon code DARCYMOONISGREAT at the checkout page you will get $2 off the purchase – which equals free shipping!

RRP 15.90 SGD
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SINGAPORE …logo

I will be doing author talks to all the year 3, 4 and 5s during their regular library sessions next week (March 17 to 21).

Order forms have gone out but if you missed them don’t worry. Either you, your child (or both of you) can visit me at the Upper Elementary Library between 11am-12noon on Wednesday 19th March. We will be having a lunchtime book party with questions and answers, book signings and CAKE.

TAH_NewLogo-01And finally –  the official SINGAPORE BOOK LAUNCH will be held in the Blue Room at the ARTS HOUSE, Sunday 13th April 3-5pm.

This will be a public event and all are welcome to come along for a family-friendly afternoon of book signings, conversation and a big green deep-fried CAKE (what is a book launch without cake?).

THE REST OF THE WORLD …

You can order online.

Order from the following websites and have the book delivered to your door.

Fremantle Press

 

 

Perth Zoo Breeding Program – Western Swamp Tortoise

In 1953, the Western Swamp Tortoise had been extinct for over 100 years.WST1

So you can imagine the surprise and excitement when a 15 year old school boy named Robert Boyd took his pet tortoise to a wildlife show – and it turned out to be a Western Swamp Tortoise!

They weren’t extinct after all.

But they were extremely endangered.

And, despite efforts to protect the remaining tortoises – such as the establishment of protected nature reserves – the tortoise numbers had dropped to as few as 30 by the 1980s.

In 1988, in an effort to help boost the number of tortoises, a breeding program was established at the Perth Zoo.

Since then, the program has bred over 800 Western Swamp Tortoises of which more than 600 have been released into the wild.

Check out this amazing video of baby tortoises hatching at Perth Zoo.

Today, it is estimated that 50 tortoises of breeding age live in the wild. The Perth Zoo’s breeding program has played a vital role in the survival of the Western Swamp Tortoise. Without it, they would most likely have become extinct – AGAIN!

For more information about the Perth Zoo Breeding Program click HERE.

Who invented potato chips?

chipsPotato Chips are the world’s most popular savoury snack.

So who would have guessed, they were invented as a JOKE!

It’s true!

In 1853, a native American named GEORGE CRUM was working as a chef and restaurant owner in Saratoga Springs. A super annoying customer kept sending his french-fries back to the kitchen saying they were too thick and soggy. It was a hot day and George lost his patience with the fussy customer. He sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, fried them to a crisp then added a heap of salt. Expecting the customer to dislike them, he served them with a self-satisfied flourish … and the customer loved them!

George Crum

George Crum had accidentally invented the potato chip – a snack that was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags, providing thousands of jobs nationwide and across the globe.

These days $15 billion dollars worth of potato chips are consumed world wide every year!

In the UK alone, a tonne of chips (or crisps as they are known there) are consumed every three minutes. That’s enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool every 14 hours!

No wonder Sid Bellows made so much money out of Skippity Chips!

What is frog slime?

In Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs, Jumpy’s family and friends are frognapped for their tasty breathing mucus.frogs1

This is obviously a fictitious story, but a small part of it is based on fact.

Do you know what part????

Babadaboom, that’s right!

Frogs produce MUCUS!

What is frog mucus?

It is a special type of slime that frogs secrete to keep their skin moist.

It is important for frogs’ skin to remain moist because frogs BREATHE through their SKIN.

The mucus that frogs secrete traps moisture next to the skin. This moisture then transfers oxygen (from either water or air) into the frog’s body.

This process is called cutaneous gas exchange.

If the frog dries out, it will suffocate.

Do frogs always breathe through their skin, or just when they are underwater?

Adult frogs ALWAYS breathe through their skin, even when they are on land.

 

Frogs are amphibians, which means that they spend part of their life in water, and part on land.

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They begin life as tadpoles, taking in oxygen through their skin and gills.

When they turn into adult frogs they lose their gills and grow lungs, but still breathe continuously through their skin, even when on land.

When a frog is under water its lungs are useless and it breathes entirely through its skin.

 

Sometimes, when a frog is out of water hybernating or being inactive, it gets all the oxygen it needs from its skin alone.

But when a frog is leaping around eating bugs it needs more oxygen and uses its lungs to catch its breath.

In order to pump oxygen into the lungs, the frog draws air through the nostrils by a movement of the throat, which is why it puffs out.

Frog skin facts.

Frogs don’t drink water through their mouths at all, instead they soak it into their bodies through their skin.croaking-frog

Frogs breathe through their skin.

A frog can breathe through its skin under water and in air, but the skin must be kept moist at all times.

Frogs secrete a mucus to help keep their skin wet.

In some frogs, the mucus can also contain antibacterial or anti fungal chemicals to help protect the frog from disease.

Frog skin is sometimes poisonous and often camouflaged.

More frog funnies

naked-frogQ: What does a frog wear on St. Patrick’s day?

A: Nothing

Q: What car do frogs prefer?

A: The Beetle

Q: What’s white on the outside and green on the inside?

A: A frog sandwich

Q: What  kind of shoes do frogs wear?

A: Open toadopen toad

Q: What’s green with red spots

A: A frog with chicken pox

Q: What is a frog’s favourite time of year?

A: Leap year

Q: What’s green and jumps?

A: A frog !!!!!

 

Recycling Glass

Did you know ?One-Home

Glass is 100% recyclable.

It can be recycled a MILLION times over and the quality of glass will be JUST AS GOOD.

Glass was discovered OVER 5000 YEARS AGO (2900 BC) which makes it one of the oldest forms of packaging.

Glass is made from soda ash, sand and limestone and comes in three main colours.

1) Clear

2) Green (which includes blue glass)

3) Brown or amber.

2-bottles-and-binThe colour of the glass is determined by how much iron is in the sand used to make the glass and the different amounts of soda ash and limestone used.

Recycling glass reduces the need to quarry for new sand and supplies. This preserves natural resources and the environment.recycle-glass

It takes less energy to melt recycled glass than to melt new raw materials. In fact, every ton of recycled glass turned into new products saves 315 kilograms of extra carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

So, recycling saves both natural resources and energy.

If you don’t recycle glass, it will take anywhere from 4000 to 1 million years to break down in landfill.

Reduce and Reuse.

As glass is 100% recyclable, try to choose glass containers over plastic or paper.

recycle-symbolWhen picking glass products, look for the recycle symbol.

Think of ways to reuse glass jars and bottles. For example you could use them as vases, food containers, water bottles or as candle holders. What other ideas can you think of?

How to recycle glass.

Prepare the glass by removing any lids or caps.

Rinse all bottles (remember to conserve water).

During recycling, different glass furnaces are used for each colour. If the colours are mixed, the recycled glass will be discoloured, and unusable.So it is very important to separate the colours.

Some forms of glass cannot be recycled.

Window or windscreen glass, drinking glasses, mirrors, oven-proof or heat-treated glass (e.g. Corning Ware, Pyrex or Vision Ware), light globes, laboratory and medical glass are not suitable for recycling.

These non-recyclable glass items can cause defects in new glass bottles and jars made from recycled material, so it is important you don’t include them in your recycling bin.

When recycling, ensure you don’t include china, ceramics or stones with glass bottles and jars. It can lead to the rejection of thousands of bottles and jars collected for recycling.

Take care not to shatter glass bottles and jars when you place them in the recycling bin. While most bottles and jars will break during collection and transportation, the pieces are more likely to be larger and more easily sorted if the bottle is still intact when you put it in your bin.

Where can I recycle glass?broken-glass

In Australia green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars can be dropped off at nominated SITA facilities. To find your closest centre, you can contact them on 13 13 35.  Alternatively, you can do a search on their contact page.

SITA also provides collection services for glass recycling. Call Customer Service on 13 13 35 for more information.

Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars can also be placed in kerbside recycling bins provided by most councils. Some councils will also accept other colours – contact your local council for more information.

Other countries do things differently. For example, in Singapore certain HDB and private housing estates have recycling programs and there are also collectors and/or traders in common recyclable materials (such as glass).

Freakiest frog everrrrrrr!

Well, technically speaking, the freakiest frog ever is NOT a frog.

It’s a TOAD.

A Surinam sea toad.

And it’s soooo FREAKY that it’s TOTALLY AWESOME!

The Surinam sea toad has adapted in the most amazing way. Only nature could have thought of this!

To keep their babies safe until they are big enough to survive on their own, Surinam sea toads implant eggs into the skin of the female’s back. The larvae develop into tadpoles which remain protected until they emerge as fully developed toads.

It’s genius!

And totally GROSS!

Check out the video. Eugh !!!!!

Large flippered feet and greatly flattened bodies make these amphibians well suited to life in South America’s murky ponds and swamps, but habitat loss means this their future survival is currently regarded as threatened.

Are they adorable? Or horrifying?

One thing’s for sure. They are toad-ally FREAKY!