This Is the Reef

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Follow sharks, turtles and swirling shoals of fish in an extraordinary and inspiring journey through the Great Barrier Reef. This is a celebration of a unique and fragile eco-system and the marine life it feeds, shelters and protects. Complete with information about coral and the importance of reef conservation, it is the perfect introduction to an ancient and breathtaking marine wilderness.
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Overview

Follow sharks, turtles and swirling shoals of fish in an extraordinary and inspiring journey through the Great Barrier Reef. This is a celebration of a unique and fragile eco-system and the marine life it feeds, shelters and protects. Complete with information about coral and the importance of reef conservation, it is the perfect introduction to an ancient and breathtaking marine wilderness.
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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Moss and Kennaway present another of their simply told, informative, vividly presented descriptions of a part of our natural world. They take us down to the warm-water Great Barrier Reef, where tiny creatures build the coral, a wide variety of exotic fish swim, and where flowers that can poison fish grow. Many other creatures live here, unfortunately, including the crown of thorns starfish that kill the coral. Through the reef we glide with its inhabitants, feeling the pressure of storms, hearing the cry of the humpback whale. Kennaway creates naturalistic double-page watercolor scenes so crowded with sea creatures that we seem to be in an aquarium. She evades the worst realities of nature's cycle of life and death. The eel has its mouth open but we do not see what happens to the yellow fish it is looking at. Visual esthetics rule design as we learn about "slow-moving nudibrachs" and the varieties of coral. There are added notes on coral and endangered reefs, along with small sketches identifying other creatures in the illustrations.
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For the latest in a string of visits to natural habitats that began with Arctic Song (1999) and This Is the Tree (2000), Moss and Kennaway dip into the Great Barrier Reef to introduce its huge variety of wildlife and to express concern over its vulnerability. Though the alliterative text occasionally veers into anthropomorphism-"This is the place where a lionfish yawns / at a black-spotted snapper / with wide worried eyes"-it has a stately rhythm that suits the richly hued art. A sea turtle, a brightly colored sea slug (incorrectly dubbed a "nudibrach"), dozens of identified tropical fish and other creatures glide and ripple through forests of coral "tubes, trees and antlers, / brains, feathers and fans" in Kennaway's painted marine scenes. A handsome, if not completely accurate, addition to the shelf of similar introductions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075736
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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