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Coral Reefs Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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“Information and fantasy collaborate in this imaginative introduction to coral reefs.” ―BCCB
“Chin offers a colorful and inventive introduction to coral reefs.” ―School Library Journal
“Chin, who pioneered this hybrid form of straightforward nonfiction text and fanciful pictures with Redwoods (2009), offers another a statement about the power of reading for an imaginative child with this appealing introduction to a complex world.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Chin's detailed illustrations capture the dappled light of shallow water and the bright tropical colors and patterns in the featured flora and fauna…. Readers shouldn't skip the information at the back, which explains the serious problem of coral bleaching due to global warming.” ―Horn Book Magazine
“Chin's latest book offers a straightforward text discussing coral reefs, while the well-composed illustrations create an imaginative narrative running in parallel.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Jason Chin is the author and artist of the award-winning book Redwoods, which Kirkus Reviews called, "An inventive eye-opening adventure." His work also includes illustrations for Simon Winchester's The Day the World Exploded. He and his wife Deirdre, also an artist, live in Vermont.
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Some companies that reproduce old books use optical character recognition (OCR) that copies the text but not the drawings and then don't do anything to add the drawings. They may even not format the text properly. A company called General Books published by Macmillan And Company has done this. Other companies scan the pages so as to best capture the text, which is not always best for the pictures which may have shading, and just reproduce what they have scanned including any underlining of text by the books owners and any other marks most of which could have been removed. One such book, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication Part One by Charles Darwin published by Kessinger Publishing's Rare Reprints, mentions stripes on a drawing of a horse, which is rather dark all over, where no such stripes are visible but when I looked the book up on the net the drawing is far lighter with clear stripes.
One company who's photos seem acceptable, although pale, is Bibliolife at least in Volume II of Alfred Russel Wallace's My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions and who's drawings in Charles Darwin's The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on their Habits are also OK, although I have not seen the originals to make a comparison. New York University Press's Charles Darwin book Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants also has drawings that are OK, although again I have not seen the originals.
People looking for reprints of old books should try to find out the quality of any drawings and even if drawings in original printings are included before buying.
I mistakenly thought the other reviewer was also reviewing the Kindle version, but note that he's reviewing the HARDCOVER version.
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