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The California Coast: A Literary Field Guide
Stretching from the Oregon border to the Baja peninsula, the California Coast ecoregion (ecoregions are geographical areas that share similar natural features and cultural history) is known for mild, Mediterranean-like weather. This book gathers stories, poems, and essays chosen because they feature the natural heritage of the region and because kids often are the protagon ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 13th 2005 by Milkweed Editions
(first published October 2001)
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Aug 22, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing
Part of a wonderful series full of stories, essays and poetry. Each piece helps give a picture of diverse places. I really wished they could have published all that were originally planned because this offers a great way to connect region to lit.
When I purchased this book to add to my library of books on early California, I didn’t notice that it is a young adult primer. Still, I enjoyed the stories immensely. The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island that inspired Scott O’Dells Island of the Blue Dolphin was of special interest to me, along with a young girl’s plea to stop earth movers from chomping at the edge of her home in the Santa Monica Mountains where I often hike. These stories come from good writers looking back at their days growin ...more
Sara St. Antoine was eight years old when she first paddled a canoe—on the Huron River in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Within moments, she struck an overhanging tree branch and the canoe capsized. Since then, she has paddled lakes and rivers from Temagami, Ontario, to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. "For all that," she says, "I'm still better at soaking up the scenery from the bow of a c ...more
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