Jason Chin has written a fact-filled, carefully illustrated book about the Coral Reef, based on his experiences visiting the barrier reef in Belize.
The book proceeds telling us how corals grow.
A whole web of life is connected to the coral reefs.
I appreciated that the author took time to talk about individual animals and how one might be able to hide from this animal by going to this part the reef, but while doing so needs to keep an eye out not to be trapped by another animal. Showing how the grouper is helped by the gobies, and the gobies are helped by the grouper.
At the close of the book, we learned about some of the dangers coral reefs are facing and learned some additional facts about coral reefs.
Did you know that the coral reefs in Indonesia are the most diverse? There was lots of good information provided for me in this book, even pictures with sharks in them (YEAH for shark week). But it always amazes the diversity one can find in the coral reefs, from the coral itself which grows in many different ways, to the plants and animals that dwell in and around them.
It is 40 pages long, about 9 x 12 inches, a softcover picture book aimed at children 5-9 years old, but would serve well as an introduction to coral reefs for any age.
Jason Chin is the author and artist of the award-winning book Redwoods , which Kirkus Reviews called, An inventive eye-opening adventure." His work also includes illustrations for Simon Winchester's The Day the World Exploded . He and his wife Deirdre, also an artist, live in Vermont.
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