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Hello, Fish!: Visiting the Coral Reef
     

Hello, Fish!: Visiting the Coral Reef

by Sylvia Earle, Wolcott Henry (Photographer)
 
This wondrous tour of coral reefs will thoroughly delight young children. Dr. Earle's brief, informative text and Wolcott Henry's dazzling close-up photographs introduce boys and girls to 12 different fish that dwell in the waters surrounding the reefs. Enchanting gobies pop out at the camera, jewel-like damselfish glimmer, a spotted stingray glides through the deep.

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This wondrous tour of coral reefs will thoroughly delight young children. Dr. Earle's brief, informative text and Wolcott Henry's dazzling close-up photographs introduce boys and girls to 12 different fish that dwell in the waters surrounding the reefs. Enchanting gobies pop out at the camera, jewel-like damselfish glimmer, a spotted stingray glides through the deep. Meeting these creatures eye to eye as they glide through clumps of coral, children will marvel at the teeming life in these underwater realms—and will be eager to explore them further.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
An internationally known marine biologist explores and explains the characteristics of some fish living on a coral reef…the full page, large photographs are spectacular. A book that will pique the curiosity of young naturalists…
Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books
Young readers are invited into an undersea world of fish and other marine life in this photographic introduction to the coral reefs…Earle's text is simply and succinctly informative…Henry's superb color photographs of morays, brown gobys, sharks, damselfish, and others are composed like portraits, providing a remarkably up-close look at a remarkable variety of marine life. Both format and layout make this a strong non-fiction choice for both reading aloud to groups and individual beginning readers...
Children's Literature - Joan Carris
Although the text is a little uneven, this picture book is a good introduction to some of the more unusual fish that live in and around a coral reef. Sylvia Earle explains briefly how a reef is formed, and then continues through glorious double spreads to introduce 12 intriguing reef-dwellers like the tiny goby, the spotted moray eel (pretty scary), the clown-fish, the silver-tip shark (also darn scary), and so on. The information is fascinating, but some of the pictures could give a young child the heebie-jeebies. (Of course, today's kids are tougher...or are they? Parents would need to decide.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Vivid, full-color photographs and brief text introduce 12 fish that occupy the waters around coral reefs. On each double-page spread, a framed block of text names the featured animal, provides a whimsical introductory statement (e.g., "Graceful, gentle creatures, rays glide/Through the sea like giant butterflies"), and describes its appearance or behavior in a few sentences. Illustrations of lovely, shadowy fish swimming against creamy, yellow pages form backdrops for the narrative, drawing the eye in an attractive counterpoint to the dramatic photos. A short introduction describes coral reefs and includes a map indicating their locations. Henry's stunning photography magnifies some of the fish, belying the actual small size of the gobies and damselfish. Though the information is minimal, Earle injects a bit of her personal experience as a diver and scientist: "When provoked, damselfish will chase away creatures many times their size-even me!" Bold and beautiful, this selective but inviting view of reef animals is a simpler introduction to coral reefs than Norbert Wu's more informative and also striking A City under the Sea (Atheneum, 1996) or Laurence Pringle's Coral Reefs (S & S, 1995).-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792266976
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 10.61(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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