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Jump into Science: Coral Reefs

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Earle takes children on an undersea journey to explore an amazing "underwater city." She explains the formation of coral reefs and provides information about the conditions needed for survival. In addition, the author introduces other animals that live in and near the reef and stresses the importance of protecting corals from pollution. Matthews's ink-and-gouache paintings bring the colors and variety of this habitat to life. The book also includes a simple experiment that demonstrates how "filter feeders" strain...

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Overview

Earle takes children on an undersea journey to explore an amazing "underwater city." She explains the formation of coral reefs and provides information about the conditions needed for survival. In addition, the author introduces other animals that live in and near the reef and stresses the importance of protecting corals from pollution. Matthews's ink-and-gouache paintings bring the colors and variety of this habitat to life. The book also includes a simple experiment that demonstrates how "filter feeders" strain food from the water.

A brief introduction to coral reefs, including where they are found, how they grow, what lives in them, their importance, and efforts being made to protect and restore them.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Earle, the noted author and marine biologist, invites us to put on our face mask, snorkel and flippers, and tour a coral reef. She vividly describes the kinds of coral reefs, how they grow, the many creatures that live in and around the reefs, and the fish that swim nearby. She ends with a note on the efforts to protect the easily damaged reefs. Matthews supplies double-page scenes, many with frames filled with sea creatures, depicting the inhabitants of this underwater world. Her ink and gouache paintings have a spontaneous, almost child-like quality that presents the visual information without detailed, precise scientific accuracy. Small black labels are unobtrusively integrated; the brief text is also woven into the overall page layouts. This attractively produced work, from the "Jump Into Science" series, makes a fine introduction to more detailed study. Included is a map of coral reefs around the world as well as an experiment on how coral animals filter their food. 2003, National Geographic Society,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Earle takes children on an undersea journey to explore an amazing "underwater city." She explains the formation of coral reefs and provides information about the conditions needed for survival. In addition, the author introduces other animals that live in and near the reef and stresses the importance of protecting corals from pollution. Matthews's ink-and-gouache paintings bring the colors and variety of this habitat to life. The book also includes a simple experiment that demonstrates how "filter feeders" strain food from the water. Those who want to view photos of reef creatures might consult Paul Fleisher's Coral Reef (Benchmark, 1997). Earle's attractive and intriguing introduction will stimulate interest among young readers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Here renowned marine biologist Earle essentially recasts her Hello, Fish (1999) as a more conventional introduction to reef residents and visitors. Matthews sets the scene with brightly colored, cartoon-flat reefscapes that feature varieties of corals, fish, shellfish, and other creatures, all being observed by a snorkeling child and a green-yellow-fuchsia parrotfish. The author notes efforts to save endangered reefs without mentioning specific cases, and closes with an invitation to visit these "cities that never sleep," but offers no sources, paper or electronic, for further information. Though Matthews captures the reef's shimmery beauty, her pictures will not convey to viewers either the fine details or the range of colors and surface textures, that photographs, such as the ones that grace Hello, Fish or Mary M. Cerullo's Coral Reef (1996, illustrated by Jeffrey Rotman), do. A worthy addition to the large school of like titles, but Earle's just treading water. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792269533
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/4/2003
  • Series: Jump Into Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia A. Earle is a marine biologist, author, lecturer, and ocean explorer. She has been a National Geographic Society’s Explorer-in-Residence since 1998. As part of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions launched in 1998 with Society support, Earle plans to dive in all 12 U.S. marine sanctuaries. Called "Her Deepness" by the New York Times, Sylvia Earle has a B.S. from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University, as well as numerous honorary doctorates. When not underwater, Sylvia Earle lives in Oakland, California.

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