1. "To many, the word 'beach' means merely unbroken stretches of sand. On such beaches, the wildlife tends to consist of sunbathers, surfers, or people playing volleyball each with a vague awareness of seabirds overhead. But there are other beaches, especially west coast beaches from northern California up through Oregon and Washington. On these rugged coastlines, tidepools are common. And it is in these tidepools that the cautious, thoughtful watcher can observe many of the thousands of sea creatures that are normally hidden from human sight. Vinson Brown and Ane Rovetta appreciate the thrill of tidepool discoveries; so much so that they wrote Exploring Pacific Coast Tidepools. This colorful and useful book was first printed in 1966. The current edition is revised, updated, and expanded. It helps the reader to identify 341 species of sea life. There are 70 color photographs included to aid identification and 184 expert line drawings (by Rovetta). An extensive introduction helps the reader to appreciate and understand tidepools. It also takes readers through the process of learning to use the book's identification section. Each sea creature is listed under its common name. The scientific name is given, followed by a description of the creature, the range of its habitat, the type of beach on which it may be found, and the beach area of its habitat.
"This book is thorough enough to provide the user with hours of pleasure, and it is unlikely to provoke frustration: virtually anything you'll find in a Pacific Coast tidepool is listed. The author's style is florid in the introductory section and strictly no-nonsense descriptive in the identification section. The overall effect is simply stated: Take this book with you on your next trip to the coast and you are likely to spend a great deal of time lying on your stomach with your nose to the surface of a tidepool. You'll love it." (Dan Hays, Statesman Journal travel section (Salem, Oregon), Sept. 29, 1996)
2. "How many times have you been exploring through tide pools along the ocean beach and picked up bits of shells and tiny creatures and wondered what they were? Probably plenty. Chances are you tossed them back again, promising yourself you'd look them all up in some handy little guide. Up to now there haven't been any handy little guides that were inexpensive, easily carried along to the beach and readable enough for the average beachcomber. But Naturegraph Publishers...has come through again. Volume four in their series of ocean guide books is Exploring Pacific Coast Tide Pools, a beautiful little volume with 40 pictures in color.
"The book's cover notes best explain what it's all about: 'This book seeks to show the thrill and adventure of the sea and its life along our Pacific shores wherever the great waves and the rocks meet. In the surge and crash of the salt water there is not only a music of sound, but one also of feeling and understanding how life lives in incredible diversity among the tide pools, in the crevices, among the seaweeds, and under the rocks. Take this book down to the edge of the ocean and let it lead you into a world of wonder...'
"It was photographed by Ernest Braun, a commercial photographer who often works here on the Peninsula, and written by naturalist and author Vinson Brown. One of the handsome color pictures is by Peninsula photographer Ralph Nelson." (review of the first edition in Peninsula Living, June 19, 1966)