"Exciting, action-filled pictures."
Coral Reefsby Gail Gibbons
Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today this active environment is home to about 20,000 kinds of brilliantly coloured corals, plants, and animals-more sea creatures than are found anywhere else in the world. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is so large that astronauts can see it from outer space! But what is life like in a coral reef? What do corals eat? Why are corals more colourful at nighttime? Children will enjoy Gibbon's informative text and clear, detailed illustrations on this journey into the unique lives of coral reefs.
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.
Meet the Author
Gail Gibbons has published almost fifty titles with Holiday House including "Halloween Is...", which "Kirkus Reviews called "a treat"; "Christmas Is..." which "School Library Journal" called "a perfect read-aloud"; and "Thanksgiving Is...", which "School Library Journal" called "a cornucopia of all things Thanksgiving". She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com.
Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than fifty titles with Holiday House, including "Corn" and "Coral Reefs" and "Galaxies, Galaxies!" which "School Library Journal" said "would put stars in the eyes of the most Earthbound young readers." She lives in Corinth, Vermont. Visit her on the web at www.gailgibbons.com.
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