Coral Reefs

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Hiding on the floor of Earth's tropical oceans are magnificent and colorful coral reefs. You may have seen coral in the local aquarium or heard of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. But did you know that coral reefs . . .

  • are actually living beings?
  • can grow to be larger than a skyscraper?
  • provide a home for a vast number of...
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Overview

Hiding on the floor of Earth's tropical oceans are magnificent and colorful coral reefs. You may have seen coral in the local aquarium or heard of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. But did you know that coral reefs . . .

  • are actually living beings?
  • can grow to be larger than a skyscraper?
  • provide a home for a vast number of other underwater creatures?

Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon takes readers under the sea to explore the world of coral reefs, with fascinating facts and stunning full-color photographs.

Find out how coral reefs grow to become one of the most impressive natural habitats on Earth and how they interact with sea creatures such as fish, sea urchins, sea stars, and more!

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Simon has been luring kids into science for years through simple, informative texts on interesting topics ranging from systems of the human body to the reaches of space, all lavishly larded with brilliant color photos. Here he opens a window into the watery world of the coral reef, providing facts on a variety of corals and on some of the critters that make these reefs their homes. He includes information on the environmental changes challenging the very existence of these sensitive biomes, from global warming to toxic runoffs from the shore to mining coral for construction use and for use in the souvenir industry. A brief glossary and several websites for further investigation complete this eye-catching and rewarding package. Pair it with Lynn George's colorful Coral: Reef Builders (Rosen, 2010) for a super-colorful look at this underwater world.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The author of over 250 science books for children turns his attention to coral reefs. Coral reefs, readers learn, are both the skeletons of reef-building corals and the community that makes use of them. Although they make up only a tiny portion of the ocean floor, they provide a home to a quarter of all underwater ocean life. Only a rain forest ecosystem supports more plants and animals. In an expository text that sometimes reads like a set of lecture notes, Simon's introduction covers reef formation and locations and describes some inhabitants: different kinds of coral, fish and invertebrates. He notes that activity is different at night, and he mentions both the value of these areas and threats to their survival. Beautiful stock photographs, some stretching across the fold and some showing humans exploring that marvelous world, make this a treat for the eye. But this is eye candy, not nourishment. There are no labels. Images usually connect with something in the accompanying text, but without previous familiarity with the subject, readers will find them hard to interpret. A nighttime scene features a lionfish, but there is no mention of the danger that invasive species poses to Atlantic reefs. For research or for pleasure, titles by Jason Chin, Sneed Collard or Gail Gibbons offer more. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061914966
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 160,537
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Glint

    *walks in and starts swimming in the ocean*

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    Posted August 14, 2013

    Hi

    I wish it was freeeeeeeeeeee

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