Portrait of an Island

Portrait of an Island

by John Teal, Mildred Teal, Richard Rice
     
 

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When Mildred and John Teal moved to Sapelo Island, Georgia, in 1955, they stepped back in time to a virtually undeveloped landscape of salt marsh, maritime forest, freshwater ponds, sand dunes, and beaches. Over the course of a four-year stay their careful observations of the island's unique marine ecology and wonderfully varied flora and fauna became the basis for See more details below

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When Mildred and John Teal moved to Sapelo Island, Georgia, in 1955, they stepped back in time to a virtually undeveloped landscape of salt marsh, maritime forest, freshwater ponds, sand dunes, and beaches. Over the course of a four-year stay their careful observations of the island's unique marine ecology and wonderfully varied flora and fauna became the basis for Portrait of an Island. The island's human history dates back more than four thousand years. The lure of Sapelo has drawn many to its shores, including tobacco millionaire R. J. Reynolds, who established the University of Georgia Marine Institute there in the 1950s. Surrounded by sixteen thousand acres of pristine marsh, Sapelo offers researchers and the public a rare opportunity for environmental studies. Now a state game refuge and national estuarine sanctuary, the island remains a special haven where humans and nature quietly and peacefully coexist. Portrait of an Island is essential reading for anyone who treasures tranquility.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In the best tradition of writers of natural history, the authors have presented their own discoveries of wild life and sea life in a meaningful, readable combination of accurate scientific observations, colorful descriptions, and unsentimental appreciation.”--Horn Book

"It will be most useful to island visitors, and the informal observations on insects, lizards, birds, and other animals of land, shore, and salt marsh provide interesting reading for the armchair adventurer."--Natural History

"This engagingly unpretentious account of the island and what the authors found there is informative—and happily evokes the idyllic atmosphere of the place."--Audubon Magazine

Horn Book

In the best tradition of writers of natural history, the authors have presented their own discoveries of wild life and sea life in a meaningful, readable combination of accurate scientific observations, colorful descriptions, and unsentimental appreciation.

Natural History

Outstanding.

Audubon Magazine

This engagingly unpretentious account of the island and what the authors found there is informative—and happily evokes the idyllic atmosphere of the place.

Library Journal
Two respected historians have purposely broadened their approach to their subject, venturing far beyond a mere history of the foreign relations between the United States and Canada. Woven into the text are the political, economic, social, and cultural forces shaping the various bilateral and multilateral relationships within which both countries operated from 1774 up to the NAFTA trade agreement. Pivotal events that had a strong impact on U.S. and Canadian relations included World Wars I and II, the Cold War, trade and immigration/emigration trends, American cultural hegemony, NATO, and the Vietnam War. Thompson and Randall are facile at injecting humorous anecdotes that should keep the general reader's attention and make for easy reading overall. They are sensitive to Canadian perceptions of being frequently taken for granted and treated more or less like any other country by the United States, but the book avoids any U.S. bashing. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Stephen W. Green, Auraria Lib., Denver
Booknews
An assessment of the relations between the two neighbors, from the American Revolution to NAFTA. Exploring US-Canadian history both in terms of bilateral developments and America's rise in the 20th century to supremacy in world affairs, the authors find the relationship "intense, close, and cooperative, yet conflictual in both its details and its fundamentals." Paper edition (1619-9), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820319612
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
09/15/1997
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Mildred Teal is coauthor, with John Teal, of Diary of a Salt Marsh and other books. She works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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