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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Books (May 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884483037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884483038
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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Product Description


A wonderful scientific treasury that explores the enormity, complexity and inter-relationships between the land and sea.

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f024b10) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x9f0316cc) out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up. June 17 2008
By C. H. Breedlove - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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HASH(0x9f031720) out of 5 stars An eloquent blend of art and science - great gift Oct. 13 2009
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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
HASH(0x9f031b58) out of 5 stars Real Feeling of Maine March 27 2008
By BookGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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.
HASH(0x9f031f18) 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.
HASH(0x9f031ec4) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2015
By T. R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book