A narrative told from the point of view of a young girl who is showing her visiting cousin the salt marsh. The children go to the marsh every day over the course of 4 days, slowly building up their knowledge of the ecosystem. They experience the different stages of the tide, marvel over the adaptations of the plants and animals that they encounter, and have fun getting muddy along the way.
The story is specifically focused on salt marshes as transitional environments (part land and part marine) shared by numerous organisms.
"…this will be a phenomenal teaching tool!!! The layout of the heartwarming story combined with the scientific inserts is brilliant. This unique feature leads me to think that both teachers/parents and students could easily continue to reference it over and over. I love this book- and am ready for an adventure in the marsh!"
-- Robi Gray, Program Leader Glynn County 4-H.
"I am very excited about the publication of..."And the Tide Comes In..." The St. Simon's Land Trust views your book as an excellent resource... Thank you for your wonderful translation of saltmarsh ecology through this book, for your literary gift to the children of coastal Georgia and other coastal communities"
--Susan Shipman, Chair, Cannon's Point Conservation Task Force. Former Director, Coastal Resources Division, Georgia Dept of Natural Resources.
"This colorful picture book combines facts and fiction. A girl visits coastal Georgia, where her cousin takes her out to explore the nearby marsh and observe the wildlife there while she explains the complex ecosystem. On a typical double-page spread, a large painterly picture illustrates the story on one page, while the opposite page presents the narrative text and an illustrated paragraph of related information...One of the few picture books on this fascinating and important topic."
--Carolyn Phelan, Booklist (Carolyn Phelan regularly reviews books for children and teenagers in Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, and is a librarian at Northbrook Public Library in Illinois.)
"This educational book is a hybrid, using fictional characters to teach readers about the unique ecosystem found in a salt marsh. A young girl living in coastal Georgia is thrilled to take her visiting cousin on a tour of the marsh near her home...Textboxes elaborate on the girls’ expedition: why marshes are muddy but beaches are sandy, why there are high and low tides, where the crabs go when the tide comes in, why marsh-dwelling nocturnal animals will come out in the daytime, and more.... Recommended for ages 8 to 11."
--Ingram Library Services
"...The author uses approachable language in such comparisons as the marsh to a neighborhood coffee shop--local birds who visit there every day and others who drop by on their way somewhere else. Each spread has a full-page, brightly colored illustration of the girls’ explorations, facing a small color drawing that elucidates the factual paragraph. A browse-able look on two levels at a vital coastal habitat and resource."
--The Library Journal
"The story is told in the style of a friendly narrative, supplemented with fact-filled sidebars...Wonderful color illustrations enhance this enjoyable and educational treasury, highly recommended especially for public library children's collections."