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SECRETS OF THE OAK WOODLANDSPlants and Animals Among California’s Oaks
This award-winning bestseller will lead you on an exuberant romp through California’s most life-filled ecosystem. With the skill of a storyteller and the accuracy of a scientist, Kate Marianchild profiles the intimate lives and interrelationships of twenty-two animals and plants of California’s oak woodlands. In chapters filled with warmth and humor, you will learn about the third eyes of bluebelly lizards, the architectural genius of woodrats, the extraordinary communal marriages of acorn woodpeckers, and the pollination of manzanita in middle C. 

     Author Laurie Marshall, founder of The Singing Tree Project, states, “This book is not only easy to read, it is exhilarating. The science is impeccable and the structure is brilliant. It is a model for how every ecosystem in this country, in the world, should be honored.” (Illustrated by Ann Meyer Maglinte, published by Heyday, 2014. Finalist in Indie Next Generation Book Awards, 2016.)

Excerpts from Secrets of the Oak Woodlands
(These are six of the thirty-six watercolors found in the book. All are by Ann Meyer Maglinte.)