Coral Reefs
by Jason Chin

Price at time of review: $16.99
Roaring Brook Press (New York, NY)
New York, NY
2011
ISBN: 9781596435636


Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
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A child opens a library book and "dives" into an imaginary journey through a reef in this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book. Her exploration becomes real as specific reef species are described in unusually clear text and illustrations. In her mind's eye she is surrounded by sea creatures and their habitat. From plankton through frogfish to whales, each species' niche is made clear.

The book works on several levels. The description of the reef and comparison to a city will help young readers understand the ecosystem created by coral reefs. The panels that describe and illustrate reef denizens are detailed enough that groups or individuals can report on adaptations for survival. And finally, the ongoing image of the reader swimming through the content of the book makes a nice subtext. "What new environment would you like to visit in the pages of a book?"


Review posted on 1/20/2012


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