Helen Scales, Poseidon’s Steed

scales “Effectively examines the seahorse’s chameleon qualities, as well as the phenomenon of males giving birth-the only such instance in the animal kingdom. The author is also adept at delineating the seahorse’s alleged healing powers, and she offers a fascinating study in the history of aquariums and the pursuit of ‘queer fish’ […] the author makes a solid case for a rare and wondrous creature.” —Kirkus

“A true natural history book, covering all aspects of the seahorse’s involvement in the world […] Scales is a marine biologist, and her fascination with the subject (she learned to scuba dive in order to observe this remarkable creature) shines through in her easy-to-read style and the way she uses the seahorse as a hook to discuss broader subjects […] This is sure to appeal to both teens and readers interested in the natural world.” —Library Journal

“This seems to be just about the perfect book: small, delicate, elegant, charming, unusual, fascinating and uniquely memorable, a classic of its kind. In fact, now I come to think of it, Poseidon’s Steed is itself a sort of seahorse of the book world.” —Simon Winchester

“This gem of a book has all the charm, passion, and compassion that one could look for in a great, relaxing read. Helen Scales is such a delightful writer and traveling guide that you won’t even realize how much you’re learning. Open the cover, go for a ride, have fun with this book. It’s perfect for the beach.” —Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, and Voyage of the Turtle