Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

Book - 2011
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"During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there." -- From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781596435636
Branch Call Number: J 577.789 CHIN
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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forbesrachel May 17, 2017

Chin takes us on another magical and informative journey in Coral Reefs. Much like the amazing Redwoods, it starts with a child picking up the very book that we are reading, and becoming "transported" into the world of the topic. As the little girl moves through the library, coral begins to sprout up around her, until a flood sweeps her off her feet, filling the place with water and creatures. Chin's text is conversational, doling out bits of information about things the girl sees as she encounters them. The journey provides a loose narrative framework, and the setting of city/ocean helps connect us to this world. This is made all the more easier thanks to the beautiful art. While the setup is surreal, the denizens of the deep are portrayed with a great deal of realism in detail and colour. The end papers also feature and name all the various creatures in sketches for the curious. Additional information and sources about coral reefs are provided in the back. Chin does a wonderful job of creating eye catching, engaging informational books for children, and this one is no exception.

KRockstar10 Jul 03, 2014

The illustrations are beautiful, and I love the way he captures the sense of falling into a book. Very nice.


To read this book you will have to go to your local library's children's room. There you will find a copy ready and waiting for you. A copy that will tell you everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the vast, amazing, entrancing world of coral reefs and the creatures that make it their home. Gorgeous work. Great facts. A singular title.


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A girl stands in a library room and removes a book from a shelf entitled Coral Reefs. As she reads we see the text below each image. The book explains how reefs are formed, who lives in them, and what their future may be. As we read along we see the girl’s library suddenly flooded. New York City is now underwater and the girl observes firsthand the lagoons, the feeding grounds, and the food chain at work. By the end she stands on the library steps utterly wet, and some other kids get to read the book world beneath the sea for themselves. The back of the book features an author’s note on the threats the coral reefs now face as well as additional facts and a small bibliography of useful books and websites.


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