Coral reefs

Gail Gibbons

Book - 2007

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New York : Holiday House c2007.
Main Author
Gail Gibbons (-)
1st ed
Physical Description
32 p. : col. ill., col. maps
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Review by Booklist Review

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).--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Review by School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The author of well over a hundred information books for children turns her attention to coral reefs in this introduction to that beautiful underwater world. Organized topically, the information is presented in short paragraphs superimposed on busy watercolor-and-ink illustrations with helpful labels spread across double pages. Beginning with a world map showing locations, Gibbons goes on to cover how reefs form and grow, describe different kinds and show species characteristic of different zones. She differentiates between hard and soft coral and describes some of the other inhabitants of the reef by day and by night. The illustration of Australia's Great Barrier Reef shows appropriate fish, coral, anemones and a crown-of-thorns starfish together. Curiously, she does not explain the significance of the starfish or describe other current threats except to mention, in a picture, that warmer seawater temperatures cause corals to die. Most useful as an additional purchase where her other books have been popular or as a companion to one of the many titles about reefs illustrated with color photographs. (Nonfiction. 4-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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