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Who Needs a Reef?: A Coral Ecosystem…

Who Needs a Reef?: A Coral Ecosystem (Ecosystem Series)

by Karen Patkau

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I am a former teacher and this book would be perfect for second and third grade students who are studying habitats. The text is simple, yet full of basic facts about coral reefs. The illustrations pair very well with the text, as they highlight each part of the coral reef discussed in the text. I appreciate how the book provides a glossary and additional facts at the end of the story! ( )
  ktbailin | Feb 15, 2016 |
Beautiful pictures but super wordy. Could have had a better layout. ( )
  grnpickle | Feb 7, 2016 |
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I struggle with the style in which Who Needs a Reef? is written. The way in which text is arranged in short paragraphs would lead one to believe that there ought to be connections between the handful of facts presented on each page, but few are to be found. The effect renders the book scattered, which is not helped by the inclusion of some questionable syntax. Overall, this picture book could have benefited tremendously from some stronger editing. The illustrations are somehow both busy and lifeless.
To Patkau's credit, the book does present an array of facts which are likely to interest science-inclined youths. ( )
  kleahey | Mar 5, 2015 |
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A beautiful book on coral reefs. An excellent resource for younger kids wanting to "see" a reef rather than just read facts. There are plenty of facts included in the book, not to worry, but made interesting for young readers. My old eyes would have preferred clear pictures to the paintings/illustrations, but I don't think kids are going to care one way or the other. ( )
  alanbethcam | Feb 23, 2015 |
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I requested this book for reading to my 4 year old ocean loving goddaughter. The pictures are fantastic and engaging, but the wording was a little too much for a 4 year old. This book might be good for a little older child who wants to learn about the ocean and the creatures who live there. ( )
  Rosenectur | Nov 24, 2014 |
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Introduces the polyps that make up a coral reef, and the water, animals, and plants found near a reef.

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