Coral Reefs

Overview

This beautiful book presents a comprehensive look at life in a coral reef.

Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, well before the age of dinosaurs. Today, this active environment is home to about 200,000 kinds of brilliantly colored coral, plants, and animals.

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Overview

This beautiful book presents a comprehensive look at life in a coral reef.

Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, well before the age of dinosaurs. Today, this active environment is home to about 200,000 kinds of brilliantly colored coral, plants, and animals.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Anyone from teacher or children’s librarian to parent or grandparent should sit up and take notice when this skilled author/illustrator’s name appears on a book. When the book is about the colorful world of coral reefs, you are sure to see something downright magical. Accompanied by vivid, luminous illustrations, the well-written text includes what makes up a hard or soft coral reef, reef zones, marine creatures to be found in or near coral reefs, protecting coral reefs, and even how to “visit” a coral reef if you do not live near one (aquariums often have outstanding coral reef displays) and much more. Along the way, Gibbons includes some not-commonly known information. For instance, she lists three types of coral reefs: fringe reef, barrier reef and atoll and shares the fact that the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. The author also describes daytime and nighttime on a coral reef. This book is highly recommended for private or public libraries as well as classrooms. Imagine the art projects that this book can inspire! Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
Youngsters will be drawn in by the brilliant painted pictures showing coral reefs around the world. Teeming with life, the illustrations are accompanied by labels and definitions and punctuated with bits of information. Colorful maps, cutaways, cross-sections, and inset pictures are also included. Some artistic license is taken as far as the specific groupings of plants and animals appearing in various reef settings, but the author notes this in the front of the book. Gibbons includes the most important facts such as where different types of reefs are located, the flora and fauna that live there, how reefs propagate, and the dangers they face. Students looking to answer specific questions will be able to use the section headings effectively. Clearly and concisely written, this book will be enjoyed by both report writers and those who are simply interested in these fascinating underwater communities.
—Nicki Clausen-GraceCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The author of well over a hundred information books for children turns her attention to coral reefs in this introduction to that beautiful underwater world. Organized topically, the information is presented in short paragraphs superimposed on busy watercolor-and-ink illustrations with helpful labels spread across double pages. Beginning with a world map showing locations, Gibbons goes on to cover how reefs form and grow, describe different kinds and show species characteristic of different zones. She differentiates between hard and soft coral and describes some of the other inhabitants of the reef by day and by night. The illustration of Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows appropriate fish, coral, anemones and a crown-of-thorns starfish together. Curiously, she does not explain the significance of the starfish or describe other current threats except to mention, in a picture, that warmer seawater temperatures cause corals to die. Most useful as an additional purchase where her other books have been popular or as a companion to one of the many titles about reefs illustrated with color photographs. (Nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422784
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 234,912
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than fifty titles with Holiday House, including Galaxies, Galaxies!, which School Library Journal said "would put stars in the eyes of the most Earthbound young readers."
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