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A Coastal Companion: A Gulf of Maine Almanac, from Canada to Cape Cod [Paperback]

Catherine Schmitt

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Book Description

May 12 2008

A Coastal Companion is a journey through the year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed, which includes land from eastern Massachusetts to southwestern Nova Scotia. A chronicle of changes through the seasons both above and within the sea, A Coastal Companion follows the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall, schools of fish as they move in and out of our region, and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes, and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists, and scientists who have chosen the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter.

Poems by twelve contemporary poets open each chapter, and illustrations by two Maine artists, Kimberleigh Martul-March and Margaret Campbell, are featured throughout the text. This is a book to keep close at hand, to be read not all at once, but through the seasons, one day at a time, and enjoyed year after year.

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Product Details

  • 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up. June 17 2008
By C. H. Breedlove - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An eloquent blend of art and science - great gift Oct. 13 2009
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Feeling of Maine March 27 2008
By BookGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars great art Jan. 22 2014
By flux - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is set up like a journal, educating you daily on coastal life. The art is amazing, specifically the sketches of sea life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle read June 26 2009
By Ann Davis - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this as gifts for two women who love nature
and, especially, the ocean. I know they will thoroughly
enjoy this book.

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