Chesapeake Bay Walk is an introduction to the interesting plants and animals young readers can find in and around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. With outstanding illustrations and concise text geared for children ages four through nine, the book beckons youngsters and their parents to learn by exploring the estuarine environment. On a stroll through its pages, they can see soft-bellied bullies, crabs older than dinosaurs, and AcaAbaldAca five-year-olds. Chesapeake Bay Walk guides readers along the bay's different shoreline habitats: beach, mudflat, pier, marsh, and shallows. It features an explanation of the food chain that is easy for this age group to understand, a tour of the changing seasons, and a checklist for youngsters to use to keep track of their discoveries. Early readeraages 5-8.
David Owen Bell is a ship captain with a background in oceanographic research, marine education, and sail training with young people. Captain Bell is an avid writer and consultant who enjoys visiting schools to share his enthusiasm for writing and the Chesapeake Bay. His titles include Awesome Chesapeake, Chesapeake Bay Walk and Dockmanship. As an outdoor education teacher, he has taken school groups out on the bay to experience how an estuary works. As a licensed Master Mariner, Captain Bell has captained tugboats, sailing ships, excursion boats, and research vessels. He has extensively traveled from Canada to South America and from the Galapagos Islands to the Aegean Sea. His travels have taken him from Canada to South America and from the Galapagos Islands to the Aegean Sea. Jennifer Heyd Wharton is well known for her watercolors, murals, and illustrations. Her paintings have won numerous awards from several art societies and federations in the eastern United States. She is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Academy of Arts in Maryland. She is a featured artist in major galleries in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and surrounding states. Wharton and two artist partners own Troika Gallery Fine Art Studio in Easton, Maryland. Wharton has illustrated several books, including Broken Wings Will Fly, Chesapeake Bay Walk and First Sail.