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Coral Reefs by Gail Gibbons
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Coral Reefs is an informational book about coral reefs and other kinds of life living in water. The book gives information about how the reefs are formed, how they grow, and how many different kinds of plants and animals live in the coral reefs.

The book is acurate and does convey factual material. The book gives lots of information on the different types of coral reefs such as, fringe reef, barrier reef, and atoll. The books also desribes everything that it talks about incase the reader does not know what something is. The information is presented in an organized way. First, the author talks about where coral reefs are found, then goes on to describe what they are, and then describes all of the different kinds. after the author describes the basics of coral reefs, she goes on to talk about all of the different species that live in the coral reefs and what they use the reefs for. The format and design of the book is appealing to children mainly due to the pictures. They are very bright and detailed so the children get to see exactly what the different reefs and species look like. Also, the book has captians everywhere, so children can read those if they have a question about something in the pictures. The author's writing style is very clear. She uses words that a child would be able to understand and pictures to go along with the writing. There are also definitions of words on the pages so that if a child gets stuck while reading, they can look at the definition to figure out what the word means.

This book was a very colorful and factual book to use in a classroom to teach about coral reefs. I think that sometimes coral reefs get forgotten about in schools in the United States because there aren't really any near it. I think that by teaching children about coral reefs, a teacher is opening up their mind to different types of habiats and ecoststems as well. I would read this book to students in a classroom, and then have the students design and draw their own coral reefs which included all of the different ecosystems in a reef.
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