Coral reefs are among the most dazzling sights in nature. The colorful corals that compose them are breathtaking-- but these habitats are more than just beautiful. They are teeming with wildlife. Brilliantly colored fish with wild shapes and patterns swim in and out of every cranny. Algae help reefs stay alive, and other creatures, such as eels and octopuses, lurk among the corals waiting for prey.
In their fifth collaboration, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and Kendahl Jan Jubb use clear prose and vivid watercolors to reveal the workings of these dynamic and beautiful ecosystems-- from how reefs develop to the wide variety of creatures that inhabit them.
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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than 100 books for young readers, including Walker & Company's Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterflies; Flashy Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs; and Bold & Bright, Black-and-White Animals. Her book Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes was named a CBC-NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Dorothy lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana.
Kendahl Jan Jubb has had her artwork exhibited in numerous art shows. She is the illustrator of Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterflies; Flashy Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs; Bold & Bright, Black-and-White Animals; and Slinky Scaly Slithery Snakes. Like Dorothy, she lives in Missoula, Montana.
Grade 1-4-This trip through the undersea world explains how corals grow, eat, reproduce, and thrive in a symbiotic relationship with the fish and other animals that live in a reef. The simple, informative text covers human relationships with reefs as well, from the positive-protection from storms, a source of food and medicine, tourism-to the negative-damage from diving, boating, polluting, and overfishing. The effect of global warming is mentioned. Attractive, lush watercolors fill each page but don't show the depth of detail or brilliance of color that can be seen in underwater photography. Helpful labels are superimposed on the art to identify some creatures, but not all, and in one instance a coral is confusingly labeled "antler" though the text refers to it as "elkhorn" and looks "like antlers." (Both names are accurate, but this is not clear.) There are many titles that are illustrated with excellent underwater photography; one is Caleb Owens's Coral Reefs (The Child's World, 1998).
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL
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Book Description Walker Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802788629
Book Description Walker Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0802788629 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1303924