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MARVELS IN THE MUCK: Life In the Salt Marshes

Marvels in the Muck: Life in the Salt Marshes

Many people have seen salt marshes and don't even know it. They are the grassy areas in the bays near ocean beaches and the mouths of rivers. Salt marshes are full of birds, crabs, fish, and other marvelous beasts. Read the book and you will be itching to visit a marsh.

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What the reviewers say:

"Ecological concepts are masterfully woven into the narrative. Salt marshes have long been underappreciated for their ecological values and the services they provide to human society, and Wechsler defines these values in a clear, matter-of-fact manner. It's a great introduction to many concepts of ecology.

"I'll let you in on a little naturalist's secret: children's books are often the ideal introductory text for adults, too. If you don't know much about the workings of salt marshes, take half an hour to read Marvels in the Muck and you'll learn the basics." - Mark Garland, Cape May Bird Observatory

"Stunning photos of animals with which most readers will be unfamiliar decorate the account throughout. Backmatter includes an explanation of tides, a glossary (even though words are defined within the text), suggested readings and websites and an index. A solid introduction to the complexity and interconnectedness of life in a single habitat." - Kirkus Reviews - 11/15/2008

"Wechsler's lucid text introduces the insects, birds, reptiles, crustaceans, and other critters that claim this salty expanse as home. He explains the benefits of that smelly mud, and of the plants that take root in it and the life-forms that depend on it." - School Library Journal - 12/1/2008 - Patricia Manning

Published by Boyds Mills Press

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