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Project Seahorse (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover – July 12, 2010
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I was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl "PAMELA." When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red light on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside--a rather hot part of Southern California. I was forced to sweat through many books, and not just because I was worried about the hero.
The first thing I can remember wanting to be is a children's author. I also loved animals. We had a dog and a big outdoor cage full of doves. My good friend, Jenny, lived on a dairy farm and it was critter heaven for me. We would jump her horses bareback over bales of hay and ride for miles in the hills.
When I was in college I spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya as an exchange student. I didn't know much about Africa before I left, but I knew it had lots of wildlife. I traveled throughout East and Central Africa and saw lions, elephants, gorillas, Cape buffalo, and many other animals. I met my future husband, Rob, in Kenya. He was also an exchange student. We both loved living in another country.
I have a B.A. in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. I've worked as a legislative assistant for foreign affairs for a California congressman and as a international health consultant. Over the years Rob and I lived in Kenya, the Marshall Islands, South Africa, the Philippines, and Japan. We have three children, Travis (26), Kelsey (24), and Connor (21). Each of them was born in a different country.
How I Started Writing
My family and I lived in Japan for about six years, and my children all attended a local Japanese preschool. The Japanese mothers at the preschool told me the story of Hachiko. I thought it was a wonderful tale. When we returned to the U.S. I decided I wanted to be a writer, just like I'd planned to be when I was four.(Better late than never.) Hachiko is famous in Japan, and I thought his story would be a wonderful one to share with English-speaking children. HACHIKO was my first book. Since then I've written seven more (GORILLA DOCTORS, LIFE ON EARTH-AND BEYOND, A LIFE IN THE WILD, THE FROG SCIENTIST, PROWLING THE SEAS, PROJECT SEAHORSE, and THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY). Another book is in the pipeline: SAMURAI RISING, to be published in 2016 by Charlesbridge.
On the Home Front
We now live in Oakland, California. I've written many science and nature articles for adults and for children. Besides reading and writing, I like to scuba dive and snow ski. I've been lucky enough to dive all over the world, including the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and off California. I love diving because you can get closer to big animals underwater than anywhere else. Several years ago I began learning kendo (Japanese swordfighting) along with with youngest son, Connor. We are members of the Berkeley Kendo Dojo.
When I write I am ably kept company by my yellow labrador retriever, Manchee, and my son Connor's cockapoo, Tux. They sometimes respond to "sit." They always respond to "cookie." I also have a very obese Australian White's tree frog named Dumpy F. Lumpy who looks a lot like Jabba the Hut.
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Connie Goldsmith, Children's Book Reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication.
There are five main chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are: "A Night on the Reef," "Mr. Mom," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," "At Home in Handumon," and "Good Seahorse Neighbors". Chapter one deals with an introduction to life forms on Handumon reef and their threats from homemade bombs. Chapter two deals with the egg-carrying male seahorse*. Chapter three is an elaboration on life in the coral reef, seahorse and otherwise. Chapters four and five are concerned with Project Seahorse, a seahorse rescue project based in the Phillipines using scientists, volunteers, teachers, and schoolchildren. The epilogue, "Onion World," is a collage of facts about seahorse conservation around the world.
There are three sidebar articles on interesting special topics: "How the Seahorse Got Its Pouch," "Fish Havens," and (my favorite) "Seahorses and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In addition, the book contains an excellent index and glossary, a good list of resources (books, videos, and internet sites), and a guide of how to help seahorses. The color photographs are spectacular-- the next best thing to watching these wonderful creatures in the wild. Highly recommended.
*For parents in the Chattanooga area who want to protect their children from hearing about this delicate information-- lotsa luck.Read more ›
The books describes the beauty of the ocean, reefs and sea creatures including the Seahorse in the Bohol region of the Philippines where ocean biologist Amanda Vincent & associate Heather Koldeway, another diving enthusiast, are dismayed at overfishing for food has led to serious decline in Seahorses and much coral destruction in Bohol, established in conjunction with the islanders a marine protected area “MPA” 10 years previously and follow-up has shown improvement in the sea life forms and the coral reefs.
There are few books on Seahorses (Hippocampus), a unique fish species that swims vertically and wherein the females transfer their eggs into an abdominal pouch of the male for fertilization and incubations and hatchings. They are reported to mate for life. Due to massive dredging for small fish and Seahorses for export to the Orient, Seahorses populations have dwindled and Project Seahorse may be their salvation. The pictures and textual material is excellent, makes for easy reading and helps fill a void in the paucity of written material on Hippocampus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice kids book not much information about seahorse. where they live an what are done with the ones that are caughtPublished 13 months ago by goldwing
This is another great book about the ecology of seahorses and how that ecology was uncovered. It's a great book for students because it shows how scientists do their research. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin McDonald