Copper and the Tree Frog: The Night Heron Nabbing

Copper and the Tree Frog: The Night Heron Nabbing


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Caution! This book may lead to kids frog calling and owl hooting around your home or library. Other side effects may include laughing out loud, a strong desire to go outside, and increased interest in nature.

Copper enjoys the comfortable life of an ordinary house cat: playing with crinkly toys, eating from a bowl piled high with food, sleeping in a plushy bed, and conducting embarrassing personal grooming in front of houseguests. But Copper also craves adventure, and that's hard to find when you're stuck inside the house.

Her appetite for adventure is soon satisfied by a visit from Riley, a peculiar green tree frog who represents the FLOCC, a special wildlife squad. Another member of the FLOCC, Benny the night heron, is in trouble. His chicks are disappearing one by one, and suspicion of a traitor in the FLOCC has forced the group to ask an indoor animal for help.

To solve the mystery and prove herself to the FLOCC, Copper will have to overcome her fears and plunge deep into the gloomy rookery where the night herons make their home. Along the way, she'll meet creatures she never imagined, face dangers she never anticipated, and clean some pretty gross stuff off her fur . . . somehow.

Copper's adventure is chock-full of Copper's Distract Facts, named for her Acute Feline Distractitis, which share funny nature facts related to her adventure. A bonus section at the end of the book also teaches kids about scientific names and shares the special origin behind the name for each of Copper's friends. This middle grade novel is perfect for ages 8 to 12. The companion website at includes even more resources for kids to explore and to inspire them to get outside and experience what the natural world has to offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989004657
Publisher: Thaxton Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/16/2020
Series: Copper and the Tree Frog , #1
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

As a highly-decorated, frequently-disciplined former class clown, Mike Jones has always thought we can laugh and learn at the same time. He is a member of the Children & Nature Network and a Coastal Master Naturalist living in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, two kids, an orange tabby cat named Copper, and enough tree frogs to qualify as a biblical plague. Mike believes that we can tell stories that are funny, educational, exciting, and meaningful, all in one package. You can find Mike online at

Table of Contents

1. Fire the Kitten Cannonballs!

2. Never Trust Your Tail

3. Toxic Frogs for Dinner

4. Let's Owl Get Together on the Patio

5. Whoooo Needs a Key When You've Got a Yap

6. The Crows on the Bus Go Caw Caw Caw

7. Never Stick Your Nose in a Tailpipe

8. Time Tow Meet Kyle

9. Owls Don't Like Country Music

10. Caution, Barf Ahead

11. Squawk, Cackle, Squackle

12. Fishing with Felines

13. Great Horned Headache

14. Frogs Away!

15. Time Tow Caw a Taxi

16. The Return of Steve

17. An Unexpected Guest

The Taxonomy of Copper and the Tree Frog


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