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A Coastal Companion: A Gulf of Maine Almanac, from Canada to Cape Cod Paperback – May 12 2008

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Books (May 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884483037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884483038
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g

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About the Author

Catherine Schmitt is a science writer for the Maine Sea Grant College Program. She believes that combining science and art is an effective way to bring science to a wider audience.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Don't pass this one up. June 17 2008
By C. H. Breedlove - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It provides the reader with a wealth and variety of information about the natural history of the area interspersed with brief snippets of information about specific persons of interest, sometimes quotes and/or poems. All this information is presented in a diary, or almanac, form, with each day describing a specific event, sometimes historical, sometimes a natural occurrence (such as a description of the "strawberry moon", which is the full moon for June, close to strawberry time, this year on June 18.) Other "topics" include timely descriptions of the return of swallowtail butterflies and various migrating birds, "behaviors" of periwinkles, seaglass, etc. I look forward each day to reading the item of the day and have so far learned something at each reading. This book is a "must have" for anyone who loves the northeast coast in all its seasons.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An eloquent blend of art and science - great gift Oct. 13 2009
By J. Brady - Published on
Format: Paperback
Catherine Schmitt does a superb job providing a glimpse into what life is like on the coast. To be read throughout the year, each day presents an artful yet scientific piece of coastal observation. From the life of the loon to the yellow lichen living seaside, A Coastal Companion is a must-have for seaside enthusiasts.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Real Feeling of Maine March 27 2008
By BookGirl - Published on
Format: Paperback
Catherine Schmitt is a thoughtful and talented writer. Her portrait of the Gulf of Maine, its flora and fauna, is evocative and enlightening. I highly recommend this book.
great art Jan. 22 2014
By flux - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is set up like a journal, educating you daily on coastal life. The art is amazing, specifically the sketches of sea life.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a gentle read June 26 2009
By Ann Davis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this as gifts for two women who love nature
and, especially, the ocean. I know they will thoroughly
enjoy this book.