Coral Reefs is a lovely picture book with bright color photographs of coral reefs. Starting with a full description of what coral is, it answers virtually every question a child might have, such as where coral reefs are found, what kinds there are, and what kind of animals live in coral reefs. Simon emphasizes how important coral reefs are and how they are under threat throughout the world.
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 23, 2013)
Extreme Oceans is for middle grade readers. It has smaller illustrations and deeper text than Coral Reefs, covering topics ranging from extreme ocean animals to extreme ocean weather events. Simon even covers the weather events driven by ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, called El Niño and La Niña. He also mentions coral reefs. Most amazing fact? I thought it was the pinky-nail-sized Australian jellyfish that can deliver a mammoth-sized amount of pain.
Age Range: 9 and up
Hardcover: 60 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2, 2013)
Seymour Simon is an award-winning science author who has written more than 250 books for children. He has a strong, authoritative voice that doesn’t dumb-down the vocabulary for kids.
Be sure to take a dip in the ocean with these two books this summer.
Books provided by my local public library.
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