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Life on a Coral Reef
ISBN: 9780516243955
Author: Rhodes, Mary Jo, Hall, David
Publisher: Children's Press(CT)
Published: September 2006
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: "UNDERSEA ENCOUNTERS, a series of 10 age-appropriate books about the underwater world, teaches through motivation and delight. The young elementary school reader (grades 2-4) will be grabbed 'hook, line, and sinker' by the colorful cover photograph on each book. Inside, the text and abundance of pictures support readers with features like bolded vocabulary defined in the glossary. There is a section of additional resources, which includes lists of books and websites, and an index with both text and picture pages.

LIFE ON A CORAL REEF describes an entire ecosystem that shelters thousands of organisms, protects coastlines, and provides food for people. The skeletons of the coral animals are the most beautiful homes in the world; millions of designers cooperate. Day or night, coral reefs communities never sleep, and today their survival is threatened by pollution and global warming. --National Science Teachers Association Recommended book
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Physical Information: 0.32" H x 9.82" L x 8.68" W 48 pages
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Non-Fiction, Upper Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 March)

Gr 4— 6—Coral Reef is the most focused of these three titles, especially in its discussion of the corals themselves, including their life cycles and sexual and asexual reproduction, and current concerns about reef damage caused by pollution, global warming (never defined), and drastic fishing techniques. Predators presents snippets about a broad panoply of marine hunters and grazers, while Survival offers a pastiche of defense mechanisms, schooling behavior, and camouflage. However, several creatures named in the texts never appear in the index, and for some that do appear, readers are merely directed to a photo. Parrotfish are presented as coral-reef grazers in one title, but are not included in a paragraph on grazers in another. Words in bold are defined in the glossaries (where definitions may vary from title to title). All contain an eye-pleasing plethora of brightly colored photos of corals, fish, sea stars, and other inhabitants of the reef and the open ocean. If you already own such titles as Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's well-written Colorful Captivating Coral Reefs (Walker, 2003) or Salvatore Tocci's more demanding but informative Coral Reefs: Life Below the Sea (Watts, 2004) and/or Mary M. Cerullo's nifty Coral Reef: A City That Never Sleeps (Dutton, 1996), you may not need these.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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