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A Day in the Salt Marsh [Paperback]

By Kevin Kurtz, Consie Powell (Illustrator), James Salter (Introduction by), Matthew S. Witkovsky (Contributor), John F. Callahan (Contributor), Turk Regan (Contributor) & Cory Doctorow
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Introduces young readers to hourly changes in the salt marsh as the tide comes and goes, following the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun.

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Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth: the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly changes in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even when it is covered by salt water twice a day. An activity on adaptations is included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 10, 2007
Publisher   Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN  193435919X  
ISBN13  9781934359198  

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More About Kevin Kurtz, Consie Powell, James Salter, Matthew S. Witkovsky, John F. Callahan, Turk Regan & Cory Doctorow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before -leaving it all behind- for the freelance world of illustrating children's books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry's other Arbordale titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus, Burro's Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets.

Kevin Kurtz currently resides in Charleston, in the state of South Carolina.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Environment & Ecology > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction

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Lots to learn about salt marshs  Sep 6, 2007
If you spend a day in the salt marsh, you'll notice an amazing, ever-changing environment. The salt marsh is home to many types of wildlife including crabs, snails, dolphins, otters, birds, fish and oysters, as well as grasses that don't die even though they are often covered with salt water.

You and your children can learn much about this dynamic habitat in A Day in the Salt Marsh. Set to rhyme, the text tells, hour by hour, what may happen as the tide rises and falls. Readers learn some animal behaviors and interesting tidbits about this ecosystem.

As a science teacher who believes strongly in the read-aloud, I see this book as an interesting class discussion starter. It provides several jumping-off points for further study. The illustrations are unique in that they show both a close-up view as well as a far off view in the same page, but it doesn't feel disjointed like it may sound. They are really quite lovely. The rhyming cadence is a touch clunky, but not unbearable and after a couple reads, an experienced read-alouder will sail right through.

Overall, this is a neat picture book on a less familiar topic. And for those who wish to learn more (or for those science teachers among us), there are additional activities at the end of the book.

Armchair Interviews says: This book will be of great use to broaden, particularly, a land-locked child's horizons.
Excellent book for kids and adults who love the coast!  Sep 2, 2007
This book accomplishes everything -- its detailed pictures of plants and animals give kids something to look for on every page, while the descriptive and easy-to-read poetic text teaches about the complex system of a salt marsh. It shows that it was written by Kevin Kurtz, someone who has the perfect background of teaching marine education to students who visited the SC Dept. of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Division and the South Carolina Aquarium, both in Charleston, SC. Anyone who loves the coast will appreciate this accurately written, yet colorfully fun, book about our beautiful salt marsh.
Salt Marshes Are Important  Jul 10, 2007
Why are salt marshes important? This question is posed on one of the activity pages. This beautiful books answers just that query. A salt marsh can stretch for miles with a seeming simplicity, yet this book points to the teeming symbiotic salt marsh life nearly hidden out of sight. A Day in the Salt Marsh takes the young reader hour by hour through the day, watching the changes as the tide goes in and out.

Author Kevin Kurtz has compiled a vast array, in rhyme, of fascinating information about life in the salt marsh. Illustrator Consie Powell perfectly matches the text with her triads of illustrations of every foldout page. Each one shows a different aspect of the highlighted animal or plant, such as the dolphin close up, dolphins breaking water in the distance, and the above and below water life nearby! Each section of illustration flows into the other. The book will create in young readers who live inland from coasts and the Gulf a desire to visit them someday. In the meantime, a great unit can be formed with just the information presented here. A fascinating read for children 3 - 7.

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