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Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder

Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder

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Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder

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4/5 (13 évaluations)
Longueur:
39 pages
1 heure
Sortie:
Oct 25, 2011
ISBN:
9781429960946
Format:
Livre

Description

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.

Chin's approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

Sortie:
Oct 25, 2011
ISBN:
9781429960946
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Jason Chin is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He lives with his wife, also an artist, and their son in Vermont, USA.


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  • (5/5)
    This picture book is a worthwhile exploration of the abundance of sea life found on a coral reef. We learn about the beauty of diversity of animal and plant life, and we learn of the sheer multitude of species that call the reef system home. Moreover, Chin cautions us that this type of ecosystem is delicate and fragile. He beseeches us not to take it for granted. Chin mentions that he found material and inspiration for this book from a trip he took to a coral reef off the coast of Belize. The art in this book is really high-quality. I like knowing that he sketched his initial ideas while on site. He's an awesome science writer--for kids, for anyone!
  • (5/5)
    A great mix between fantasy and non-fiction. This book tells the story of a girl who finds a book in the library about coral reefs. As she reads the book, she finds herself in a city in the sea, surrounded by coral reefs and the plants and animals that live, hunt and hide there.
  • (4/5)
    Effective - I didn't get bored, as I tend to do with fact-filled books. A child who is actually interested in the subject will likely adore this. I've learned that children as young as six can get fully immersed in this and be able to learn real information from it.
  • (3/5)
    This is an informational book. It provides very meaningful information about coral reefs, and our role in protecting coral reefs. The downside to this book is that it might be seen as boring. This book would be appropriate in 3rd and 4th grade.
  • (4/5)
    Jason Chin has done it again. He's created another great title to add to your nonfiction bookshelf. This time he's taken us from the redwood forest to under the sea in his latest book, Coral Reefs. Again, Chin offers readers informative text and beautiful, imaginative illustrations. In Coral Reefs, a young girl enters the New York Public Library, pulls a book about coral reefs off the shelf and finds herself in the undersea world she's reading about. The text is straight nonfiction, while the illustrations offer the reader a healthy dose of magical realism. I love the idea of text coming alive for readers and Chin has done a beautiful job of capturing the beauty of the reefs. His text, however, is not as creative as his illustrations. Nonetheless, this title is an example of how creative nonfiction can be, while still providing readers with great information!
  • (4/5)
    With the same blend of magical realism and natural history that he used to such brilliant effect in his Redwoods, picture-book author/artist Jason Chin spins the tale of a young library patron who, upon opening a book about coral reefs, finds herself embarking upon a fantastic underwater journey. The text itself is engaging, but strictly informative - the reader learns about this important marine ecosystem, from the corals themselves, whose limestone skeletons gradually become an underwater city, to the many species who use that city as a home and/or hunting ground - while the artwork shows the young girl witnessing everything being described. Decorative endpapers, with various marine species, and a brief afterword provide more information to curious readers.I really enjoyed Coral Reefs, which was chosen as one of our September selections in The Picture-Book Club to which I belong, where our theme this month is "ecosystems," and think that its creator, Jason Chin, is one of the best of the new picture-book artists out there. The illustrations here are gorgeous, and the concept of an informational book paired with a visual adventure-story is a good one - both effective and entertaining. All in all, this was a lovely picture-book, one I would recommend to all young ocean lovers, as well as to fans of the author/artist!
  • (5/5)
    Like Redwoods, this is a fabulous informational book and also a wonderful depiction of books capturing a reader's imagination.
  • (4/5)
    An effective and novel introduction to the nature and ecology of coral reefs, this exquisite picture book, written and illustrated by Jason Chin, is both engaging and informative, presenting not only general and specific information and details about coral reef communities and their environs, but also demonstrating the unfortunate fact, the unfortunate truth that coral reefs are not only vibrant and diverse marine communities, but that many of these communities are increasingly being endangered by and through human encroachment, overfishing, pollution, climate change.The concept of a young girl going to the library to read a book about coral reefs and then having both herself and her surroundings (her local library, her local city) literally become part of a coral reef community is quite visually stunning (some of the illustrations, some of the scenes feel almost reminiscent of a lost city under the sea, like Atlantis). However, first and foremost, the gloriously bright, descriptive illustrations provide not only a successfully rendered mirror of and to the narrative, they also reiterate one of the main messages, one of the main points of Coral Reefs, namely that coral reef communities are in many ways like huge, underwater cities. And like our own cities, these coral reefs, while vibrant, diverse, and constantly on the move, are also vulnerable and can be threatened by both natural and man-made, artificial phenomena.The actual text of Coral Reefs is rather dense, wordy and involved, and I would therefore tend to recommend this book more for older children above the age of six or seven. While I do believe that younger children would likely enjoy the brightly descriptive illustrations, the actual narrative is a bit slow moving (and might thus be a bit distracting and potentially difficult for the very young).
  • (4/5)
    Unusual story, in that as a little girl reads about coral reefs, one grows around her. She floats through the reef until the end of the story. Straight fact/illustration on last two pages.
  • (5/5)
    Review: This is a book all about coral reefs. In the beginning of this book it describes what coral is and how coral grows to become a coral reef which is home to millions of animal species. This book talk about how coral survives and what it eats. It also talks about the different animals that eat coral. Genre: InformationalGenre Critique: The book gives facts and details about coral and how it grows into a coral reef. The book is filled with numerous animal species on every page that live in coral reefs. The book talks about some of the biggest coral reefs in the world. The book is also filled with lots of vocabulary words and definitions for each of those words. At the end of the books there is a page all about the threats to coral reefs and what humans can do to stop threatening them.
  • (2/5)
    This book covers a lot of information on coral reefs. It starts with how they are formed and the way that they live and protect themselves. It discusses the creatures that live in the reefs and the food chains that relationship between the fish that develop. It discusses different types of fish that live there and their defense mechanisms. It also talks about how the coral reefs are becoming endangered and what we can do to help.
  • (4/5)
    This is an important book that all children should read. It provides many reasons why the Corals create their habitat and how other fishes in the sea are benefited by the underwater cities. Not only does this book give vital information of specific sea creatures surround the reefs but also provides a great learning sections at the end to begin a foundation of the importance of the environment and how to help out the builders of the bottom of the ocean. Coral Reefs is for the reader that is capable to comprehend the information while giving the jump start to dive deeper into the underwater world that we need to sustain for the good of everyone including the Scorpion fish.
  • (5/5)
    A book comes alive in the hands of a chilld and a library floods with water. Sea creatures swim around her and she learns about the eco-system of the coral reefs. This book is great because it is a non-fiction book that uses its illustrations to tell a story in the back ground. This is the kind of book that children will want to go back to over and over. You will see something new everytime you look at a picture. The information is useful and will help children learn about the different kinds of animals and plant life which reside in the corals. There are sketchesof fish and thier names on the end pages and children will have fun spotting them within the colored pages. Chin gives a small bibliography and how he went to see the coral reefs in person. Highly recommend for a lap read or just something to flip through over and over. I am going to search for Chin's earlier work and see if it is just as good.
  • (3/5)
    Using the same style as his previous nonfiction book, REDWOODS, Jason Chin presents information about coral reefs. The strength of this book is in the beautiful illustrations - as the young protagonist gets more and more engrossed in a book about coral reefs, the reef appears all around her until she's swimming through the ocean, checking out all the animals. The large blocks of text may turn off browsing readers, though the book does include enough information for reports. While the format was innovative in REDWOODS, I'm suffering from some been-there-done-that syndrome with this title.