A Field Guide to Mermaids (Hardcover)
A beautifully illustrated guide to all of the mermaids of the world written by an experienced park ranger! Martin incorporates lessons on biology and ecology all the while filling the pages with magical depictions of these mythical creatures and their aquatic friends. Intelligent and informative, this book is fun for middle-grade kids and adults as well! If you love the earth’s natural bodies of water and all the critters that call them home, I highly recommend this read!
-IsabellaDapper December Staff Picks
A magical and lushly illustrated field guide to the mermaids that inhabit our ponds, streams and oceans, based on real ecological details—with a strong environmental focus—perfect for fans of The Magical Unicorn Society series.
A glimmer of fish scales.
A splash from a colorful fin.
The echo of a mysterious song across the water. . .
Few mythical creatures are more instantly recognizable or more mysterious than mermaids. Whether seen perched on a rock at the water’s edge or spied only as a dim outline beneath the waves, mermaids have long fascinated sailors, scientists, storytellers, and surprised onlookers alike.
Now, for the first time, thanks to dedicated research and a hint of magic, comes A Field Guide to Mermaids, introducing the many species of mermaids native to the United States. With an eye toward the preservation of our natural habitats, Emily B. Martin shares the never-before-told stories of the mermaids who share our waters in this enchanting and beautifully illustrated guidebook.
About the Author
Emily B. Martin splits her time between working as a park ranger and an author/illustrator, resulting in her characteristic eco-fantasy adventures. An avid hiker and explorer, her experiences as a ranger help inform the characters and worlds she creates on paper. Her books include Woodwalker, Ashes to Fire, and Creatures of Light. When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, she lives in South Carolina with her husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.
"Definitively making the point that mermaids can be found anywhere there is water—even a little, or for a little while—Martin depicts dozens of types, each linked to a specific (real) locale and arranged by their favored habitats, from deep ocean abyssal zones to shallow desert pools, hot springs to swimming pools. An indispensable, encyclopedic resource for nature quests—mythological or otherwise." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review