Seymour Simon's books have long had a presence in library nonfiction collections. Generally speaking, they feature bright, attractive photographs, simple glossary and index, and just enough information to get a child interested in a subject or start them on a research project.
This title is certainly no different, especially in the illustration department. Close-ups of funky-looking fish and rainbow-hued coral reefs demand more than a cursory glance. We learn about the different types of corals and reefs, a little bit about the biodiversity, as well as the dangers they face today. A child needing information for a research paper or project will need something more in-depth, but this is perfect for the curious kid or the teacher needing a read-aloud to start off a unit.
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