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PreSchool-Grade 2-Earle takes children on an undersea journey to explore an amazing "underwater city." She explains the formation of coral reefs and provides information about the conditions needed for survival. In addition, the author introduces other animals that live in and near the reef and stresses the importance of protecting corals from pollution. Matthews's ink-and-gouache paintings bring the colors and variety of this habitat to life. The book also includes a simple experiment that demonstrates how "filter feeders" strain food from the water. Those who want to view photos of reef creatures might consult Paul Fleisher's Coral Reef (Benchmark, 1997). Earle's attractive and intriguing introduction will stimulate interest among young readers.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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K-Gr. 2. "In warm, clear oceans around the world, coral reefs circle our Earth like a belt of beautiful jewels." Descriptive, inviting language and brilliantly colored watercolor artwork introduce the reef's complex world in this picture-book entry in the Jump into Science series. The pages follow a young snorkeler, clad in a pink polka-dot swimsuit, as she swims through coral reefs and observes underwater plants and animals, which are described in the brief, informative paragraphs and visualized in detailed illustrations in tropical colors. There's also a bit of information on the reef world after dark and on the delicate balance required to maintain the health of the underwater reef community. A closing activity demonstrates the concept of filter feeding, and an opening map depicts general locations of reefs around the globe. A cheerful, informative introduction to an exciting ecosystem, with lush visuals for children to enjoy in story hours or on their own. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jump Into Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426304757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426304750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.

Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER), Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, inspiration for the Ocean in Google Earth, leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions, and the subject of the Emmy® Award Winning Netflix documentary, Mission Blue. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 27 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications including 13 books (most recently Blue Hope in 2014), lectured in more than 90 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000 meters depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of marine protected areas, "Hope Spots," to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.

Her more than 100 national and international honors include the 2013 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2011 Royal Geographical Society Patron's Medal, 2011 Medal of Honor from the Dominican Republic, 2009 TED Prize, Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, Australia's International Banksia Award, Italy's Artiglio Award, the International Seakeepers Award, the International Women's Forum, the National Women's Hall of Fame, UNEP 2014 Champion of the Earth, 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year, Academy of Achievement, Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, UN Global 500, and medals from the Explorers Club, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Lindbergh Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sigma Xi, Barnard College, and the Society of Women Geographers.

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this book is a nice and fun way to explain coral life to young children. it is colorful and it lists several types of corals. however, if your child needs more than an introduction, this is not the book. not much detail if offered besides the basic facts which are well explained.
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This book is a very basic book about coral reefs and the life that inhabits them. An example of the text would be:
"So who lives in this underwater city? Millions of creatures? Some are short, round, and hollow. Others are long and slim. A few look like stars or pincushions. Many are very small.

There are sponges-animals that have no arms, legs, or eyes. To eat, they pump water through dozens of tiny holes in their bodies and strain out small plants and animals.

There are mollusks-animals with soft bodies and no backbone. Some, such as clams and snails, live in hard shells. Others, the octopuses and squids, can move fast by squirting water out of their bodies, It's a special kind of jet propulsion."

And so the book goes on to describe other types of sea life. The pictures in the book are not actual photographs, but colorful drawings that are very well done and clear as to what the sea life looks like. At the very end of the book the author includes an experiment to demonstrate how some sea creatures use thier bodies to strain food from the water; and a short paragraph that is written backwards so the child has to hold up the book tin front of a mirror to read it, which explains how the experiment. For a young child I thought it was a great introduction. I also thought it was great for a child whom cannot read and who won't really understand the words of the story, they can point to the pictures and the parent can explain to the child what the picture is. In this way the book can grow with the child. For example, at first it could be the parent explaining what the child sees in the pictures, then as the child ages - the story can be read to them. When the child is old enough they can read the story themselves. For these reasons I think the book is worth the investment.
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In school this week we have been reading/watching videos on aquanaut Sylvia A. Earle. It was cool to read this fun yet informative picture book by her about Coral Reefs and their importance to our planet. The afterward has an easy experiment to show how filter feeders get their food.
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By kim boyd on December 18, 2014
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Purchased for my great niece, 6 yrs old... She loves the ocean! And LOVED this book! Bonnie Matthews is a Rock Star when it comes to illustration !!!
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