The Seasons and the Fisherman was first published in 1941 as one in a series of Cambridge children's books related to the natural world. F. Fraser Darling provides a beautifully written account of the interaction between humanity and life underwater. This is combined with a large number of illustrations by the renowned naturalistic artist C. F. Tunnicliffe. The book has the dual purpose of educating and entertaining the young reader, a purpose that is achieved through conveying information in a highly readable, personal style. This is a delightful account that will enthral readers today, just as it did at the time of original publication.
Dedication and preface; Map; Part I. The Waters and their Denizens: 1. The primeval ocean; 2. The waters of to-day; 3. The pastures of the sea; 4. Food chains; 5. The shallows and the deeps; 6. The tides; 7. Light and dark; Part II. The Fresh Waters and Beyond: 8. The brown trout of the streams; 9. The ocean-going sea trout; 10. The salmon; 11. The life story of the eel; Part III. The Fishing at the Sea's Edge; 12. Lobsters and crabs; 13. Mussels and cockles, alive, alive-o; Part IV. The Warm-Blooded Beasts of the Sea: 14. The great whales; 15. Seals, north and south; Part V. The Fisheries of the Seas: 16. The inshore fisheries; 17. Trawlers of the dogger and of the deep seas; 18. The herring; Part VI. The Fish and the People: 19. The fishing ports; 20. Science of the sea.