High tide rushes in to fill a sandy basin with water. At first glance, it may seem like an ordinary puddle. But look again. Do you spy the ochre sea star or the tentacles of the giant green anemones? Look even closer. Now can you see the hermit crabs and turban snails, the barnacles and periwinkles?
In lyrical prose, Barbara Brenner reveals the fascinating happenings in one small place. She explains the recurring formation of tide pools and the remarkable interdependence of their creatures. Tom Leonard’s brilliant illustrations take you underwater to a secret world. His detailed, lifelike depictions of sculpins and mussels, algae and seaweed, show the splendor that dwells in the most unexpected places.