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Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson
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Jan 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ecology, marine-biology, nature
Read in March, 2008 , read count: 2

This is Rachel Carson’s first book (1941), and her personal favorite. In it she tells charming nature stories, poetically spoken yet full of scientific fact about ocean animals and the interrelatedness of life in ocean, estuary, and river. The characters are often individual mackerel, arctic owls, eels, etc. that are seen in the context of their entire ecosystem (a word originally coined by Carson). She looks at the changes in this ecosystem throughout seasons and lifecycles, from the viewpoint of her animal characters. She often names these characters based upon parts of their scientific names.

The action takes place from North Carolina to Maine, on the Eastern US seaboard and in its associated watersheds. This book will especially appeal to anyone who has spent time near these waters. With sensitively rendered and scientifically correct illustrations by Bob Hines, this book is suitable for reading to children. However, I think it is even more useful as adult bedtime reading for those who enjoy dreaming of the vastness of the ocean and the variety of life therein.
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