New York :
- 1st ed
- Physical Description
- 32 p. : col. ill., col. maps
- Main Author
As in previous titles, such as Marshes and Swamps (1998), Gibbons introduces a complex ecosystem with accessible words and inviting watercolor-washed pictures. The double-page spreads are laid out in Gibbons' familiar format—many short text boxes inserted into each bright, labeled illustration. A beginning spread has a map showing the location of coral reefs around the globe and introduces basic geographical concepts, such as the equator. Later spreads explain coral types and anatomy, how reefs form, and the symbiotic (a term that's used and defined) relationship among reef creatures. Exciting, action-filled pictures, including nighttime images of the reef teeming with moonlit predators, will draw children into the science facts. Although the terms are clearly defined for the most part, kids may still need help understanding a few concepts, such as photosynthesis. Notes about conservation and a page of fast facts conclude this welcome starting point for coral-reef studies. Follow this with Sneed B. Collard's One Night in the Coral Sea (2005). Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 3— 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-Grace, Carillon Elementary School, Oviedo, FL [Page 105]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Having been in existence since the time of dinosaurs, this comprehensive guide to coral reefs offers an informative tour of this active environment while examining its diverse residence, plant life, make-up, eating habits, and unique characteristics. 12,500 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A guide to coral reefs offers an informative tour of this active environment while examining its diverse residence, plant life, make-up, eating habits, and unique characteristics.Review by Publisher Summary 3
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.