GCE Children's Book

Book Description

Publication Date: December 7, 2012 | Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up | Series: Long Term Ecological Research

"And the Tide Comes In" is 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.

Web Resources

Supplementary educational materials for teachers, maps and information about visiting a marsh near you, and feedback forms for readers are available on this web site. If you would like to use this book in your educational program, or if you have used the book and would like to contribute student artwork or other material, please contact us at gceschyd@uga.edu.

Children's Book

Moonlight Taylor Trade Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9817700-5-5

Praise for the Book

 "…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."
--Children's Bookwatch



Oct. 5, 2013 – Story Time at Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.  Merryl Alber will be doing a reading of “And the Tide Comes In…” beginning at 10:30 am. Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave., Athens, GA

Sept. 12, 2013 – Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival, Savannah, GA.   Merryl Alber will be signing books before the films begin (6:00 - 7:00 pm) at the Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival (http://graysreef.noaa.gov/news/features/2013/film_festival_2013/september12.html). Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., Savannah, GA.

Jul. 16, 2013 –Book Reading.  Hog Hammock Public Library , Sapelo Island, GA.  Merryl Alber will do be doing a reading of “And the Tide Comes In...” at the Hog Hammock Public Library (7:00 pm).

Mar. 17, 2013 – Southeastern Flower Show.  Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA.  Merryl Alber (author of “And the Tide Comes In...”) and Charles Seabrook (author of “World of the Salt Marsh”) will do be doing readings and signing books at the Eagle Eye Book Shop booth (12:30 pm).

Feb. 16, 2013 – The Jekyll Island Green Screen.  Jekyll Island Convention Center, Jekyll Island, GA.  Merryl Alber will be signing books during the reception before the film (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm).

Nov. 6, 2012 – "Ecology for the Masses: Southern Ecosystems in the Popular Press." Ecology Auditorium, University of Georgia, 4:00-6:00 pm. Panel discussion featuring Charles Seabrook, author of "World of the Salt Marsh," and Merryl Alber, professor of marine sciences at UGA and author of the children's book “And the Tide Comes In...: Exploring a Georgia Salt Marsh,” moderated by Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, director of the UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. Reception and book signing follow. Part of the Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

Nov. 3, 2012 – Georgia Association of Marine Educators Conference, Jekyll Island, GA.  Venetia Butler (GCE Schoolyard Coordinator) will present a workshop to introduce teachers to Supplementary Materials designed for the book.

About the Authors

Merryl Alber is a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia who directs the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research program. She is a marine ecologist who has conducted research in salt marshes in both the southeastern and northeastern U.S.

Joyce Mihran Turley specializes in presenting images of nature with a painterly style and colorful palette, engaging readers of all ages. Her recent works focus on introducing children to the native animals and unique ecosystems of our national parks including Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Glacier.


This book will be available from your favorite bookseller or online retailer starting in December 2012. For bulk orders, contact the National Book Network at (800) 462.6420.