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Jump Into Science: Coral Reefs Paperback – May 12, 2009
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Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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"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.