The Book of the Toad

A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations
By (author) Robert M. DeGraaff
The Book of the Toad
A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations
By (author) Robert M. DeGraaff

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Pages : 192

Book Size : 8.5 x 11

ISBN-13 : 9780892812615

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : October 01, 1991

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 25 color and 40 b&w fine art reproductions

This comprehensive and entertaining compendium of toad lore surveys the history of toads as biological entity, literary and artistic subject, mythological subject, and threatened species. Here is a uniquely insightful and engaging look at how humans through the ages have responded to and been influenced by their amphibian neighbors.
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About The Book of the Toad

This comprehensive and entertaining compendium of toad lore surveys the history of toads as biological entity, literary and artistic subject, mythological subject, and threatened species. Here is a uniquely insightful and engaging look at how humans through the ages have responded to and been influenced by their amphibian neighbors.
Table of Contents

Table of content

The Book of the Toad
A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Part I: A Natural History
Toad or Frog?
Toad Evolution
Toad Music & Mating
Toad Navigation
Toad the Hunter
Toad the Hunted
Part II: Toad-Human Relations
The Pharmaceutical Toad
Bufotenine, Shamanism, & Toad the Earth Mother
The Oriental Toad
The Evil Medieval Toad
Toads & Witchcraft
Queen Elizabeth & the Frog/Toad Duke
Toad Folk & Fairy Tales
The Enduring Toad
The Toad Among Children
Real Toads in Real Gardens
The Toad Today
Appendix A: The Great Toad Hunt, by Howard McCord
Appendix B: LeCrapaud, by Victor Hugo
Bibliography
Index

Author Bio
Robert DeGraaff has been a professor of Victorian literature at St. Lawrence University for more than twenty years. He is also an accomplished limericist and the tiller of a 5,000-square-foot vegetable garden, in which he communes whenever possible with Bufo americanus, the American toad.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"The choice of tales, poetry, and art flawlessly illustrates the text. This volume is a rare treasure."
The Animals' Agenda

"By integrating his commentary with the world of poetry, literature, art, and science, the author presents examples of the impact the toad has had upon the thoughts and actions of humankind. Degraaff considers this amphibian from every angle--from its biological aspects, which include its heritage as the evolutionary progenitor of land animals, to its role in mysticism and its value as an ingredient in witch's brew. He also incorporates the writings of Lewis Carroll, Beatrice Potter, William Shakespeare, and many others. Degraaff's whimsical approach to this offbeat subject and the many high-quality art reproductions combine to produce an attractive, entertaining package for general readers."
Library Journal (Wednesday, January 01, 1992) Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.

"An entertaining, imaginative treatise that will appeal to readers who appreciate the unusual in prose, poetry, and art."
E.D. Keiser, University of Mississippi, Choice Magazine

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