Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday - Coral Reefs

Author: Seymour Simon
Photo Credits: Various
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 23, 2013)
Read Aloud Level: Grades 2nd to 4th
Independent Reading Level: Grades 4th to 6th
Source: Copy sent for review from Publisher
Nonfiction * Ecology * Marine Biology

Description from HarperCollins:
Hiding on the floor of Earth's tropical oceans are magnificent and colorful coral reefs. You may have seen coral in the local aquarium or heard of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. But did you know that coral reefs . . .
  • are actually living beings?
  • can grow to be larger than a skyscraper?
  • provide a home for a vast number of other underwater creatures?
Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon takes readers under the sea to explore the world of coral reefs, with fascinating facts and stunning full-color photographs. 

Find out how coral reefs grow to become one of the most impressive natural habitats on Earth and how they interact with sea creatures such as fish, sea urchins, sea stars, and more!

My thoughts on this book:
Seymour Simon has created another beautiful nonfiction picture book.  This time his focus is on coral reefs.  Simon takes readers through the underworld environment of coral reef through narrative text and gorgeous photographs.  Readers learn about how coral forms and grow.  There are two main kinds of coral: hard and soft.  Within each kind there are three types of coral.  Simon takes readers further as he shares about where coral reefs are located and "how coral reefs are home to underwater ocean life".  There are three main types of coral reefs and each reef is "like a city with many different kinds of citizens".  Coral reefs are second to rain forests for being the home to many creatures.  Student readers also learn about factors that can damage or destroy coral.  The end of the book includes a glossary, and additional websites for further reading. 

Coral Reefs is part of a collection of nonfiction picture books by Simon on a variety of subjects.  Each book provides readers with informative narrative text and stunning photographs.  Coral Reefs would be an excellent addition to any classroom or school library and an excellent resource for students as they begin exploring the world of coral reefs.      

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