Life in a coral reef

Wendy Pfeffer, 1929-

Book - 2009

Describes how coral reefs form and discusses the plants and animals that live in them.

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Series
Let's-read-and-find-out science.
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Published
New York : Collins c2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
32 p. : col. ill., map ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN
9780064452229
0064452220
9780060295530
0060295538
Main Author
Wendy Pfeffer, 1929- (-)
Other Authors
Steve Jenkins, 1952- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Jenkins' striking paper-collage illustrations nicely complement Pfeffer's clear and engaging text in this successful explanation of what lies beneath the surface of the ocean in and around a coral reef. As the double-page spreads display the variety and vibrancy of the sea creatures finding food and shelter, Pfeffer describes how coral reefs are created, how they're made sturdy (by sea cucumbers spitting out sand, filling in the reef's cracks and crevices), and the ways in which some creatures cooperate with each other, while others interact as predator and prey. One spread, for example, shows how the spiny puffer fish inflates to avoid being swallowed by the ruffle-headed scorpion fish. The structure frames one day and night in the life of a coral reef, making clear that it's just as lively in the dark as it is with sunlight illuminating the action. At the end of the book are Fun Facts as well as less-fun but still important information about the threats to the world's reef environments. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–3—The span of activities occurring in a reef is seamlessly presented in a "day in the life of" picture-book format. Each easy-to-read sentence is packed with information. Like the text, the paper-cutout illustrations combine simplicity and sophistication. Utterly gorgeous, they amplify the material presented on every page. Vibrant reds, purples, golds, and black and white pop off the page. A lime green moray eel glides across a spread as it stalks fish in the dark by smell. Why does it ignore a sleeping parrot fish?, the narrative asks. Readers see a muted blue fish on the page next to the eel and learn that it oozes out a filmy body covering that disguises its color and masks its odor while it sleeps. The book concludes with two pages of facts about coral reefs, a list of famous reefs, and the current and future threats to these endangered habitats. The endpapers silhouetting the reef animals in shades of blue and black are inviting and haunting at the same time. Outstanding.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA [Page 146]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Examines the colors, locations, diverse marine population, and formation of these underwater cities.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Coral reefs are living things made up of tiny coral polyps and are unique, delicately balanced ecosystems that provide homes to hundreds of species of plants and animals, but environmental threats have put these amazing life forms in jeopardy; this book examines what lives in coral reefs, how they form and how can we save them. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Describes how coral reefs form and discusses the plants and animals that live in them.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Read and find out about coral reefs in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.Coral reefs are some of the largest natural structures in the world, and they are created by tiny coral polyps no bigger than a grain of rice. This Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book introduces readers to the amazing world of the coral reefs and the many marine animals who lived there.This is a clear and appealing science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It's a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. The 100+ titles in this leading nonfiction series are:hands-on and visualacclaimed and trustedgreat for classroomsTop 10 reasons to love LRFOs:Entertain and educate at the same timeHave appealing, child-centered topicsDevelopmentally appropriate for emerging readersFocused; answering questions instead of using survey approachEmploy engaging picture book quality illustrationsUse simple charts and graphics to improve visual literacy skillsFeature hands-on activities to engage young scientistsMeet national science education standardsWritten/illustrated by award-winning authors/illustrators & vetted by an expert in the fieldOver 130 titles in print, meeting a wide range of kids' scientific interestsBooks in this series support the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Read and find out about coral reefs in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.Coral reefs are some of the largest natural structures in the world, and they are created by tiny coral polyps no bigger than a grain of rice. This Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book introduces readers to the amazing world of the coral reefs and the many marine animals who lived there.This is a clear and appealing science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It's a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. The 100+ titles in this leading nonfiction series are:hands-on and visualacclaimed and trustedgreat for classroomsTop 10 reasons to love LRFOs:Entertain and educate at the same timeHave appealing, child-centered topicsDevelopmentally appropriate for emerging readersFocused; answering questions instead of using survey approachEmploy engaging picture book quality illustrationsUse simple charts and graphics to improve visual literacy skillsFeature hands-on activities to engage young scientistsMeet national science education standardsWritten/illustrated by award-winning authors/illustrators & vetted by an expert in the fieldOver 130 titles in print, meeting a wide range of kids' scientific interestsBooks in this series support the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.