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Coral Reefs

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  167 reviews
During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Flash Point
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in coral reefs and the ocean (might be a bit wordy for the very young)
An effective and novel introduction to the nature and ecology of coral reefs, Coral Reefs which has been both written and illustrated by Jason Chin, is both engaging and informative, presenting not only general and specific information and details about coral reef communities and their environs, but also demonstrating the unfortunate fact, the unfortunate truth that coral reefs are not only vibrant and diverse marine communities, but that many of these communities are increasingly being ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
First things first. Let's just get something out the way here before I go any further. I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to this book. No, I don't know the author personally (though we did meet once). No, I never saw an early manuscript or offered helpful criticisms when the text was still young and unformed. No, I am not a coral reef myself. See, the thing about this book is that it takes place at a very specific location. The bulk of the story happens when a kid enters a ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ages 9 & up; fans of libraries, coral reefs, nature, books
Like Chin’s book Redwoods, this book has a fictional story within the non-fiction book and marvelous illustrations.

When a young girl in the NYC public library pulls a book about coral reefs (this very one) off the shelves and reads it, she falls right into the book, into the coral reef. The page where this first happens elicited a huge smile from me; that illustration is so much fun.

There are many interesting facts about coral reefs but even in the book proper, the information detail and
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

An engaging and suitably colorful book about coral reefs (the Belize barrier reef is the model for the reef and creatures seen here, though the information is pertinent to coral reefs as a whole). I loved the format with the girl reading the book about coral reefs from the library (I think the NY Public Library, though I may be mistaken; I think the big lion statues out front are in one of the photos) and gradually finding herself drawn into the book, the coral reef popping up around
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Ocean Lovers / Jason Chin Fans
With the same blend of magical realism and natural history that he used to such brilliant effect in his Redwoods , picture-book author/artist Jason Chin spins the tale of a young library patron who, upon opening a book about coral reefs, finds herself embarking upon a fantastic underwater journey. The text itself is engaging, but strictly informative - the reader learns about this important marine ecosystem, from the corals themselves, whose limestone skeletons gradually become an underwater ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala, picture-books, arc, kids
A lovely book. It begins when a girl pulls this very book off the shelves at a library and starts reading. The text is pure non-fiction: straightforward and clear information about coral reefs ecosystems. But the illustrations transform the story: as the girl reads about how coral grows, different types of coral begin to grow up behind her. When she reads that "Coral reefs are home to thousands of plants and animals", water pours in, bringing those creatures with them. The girl floats and swims ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great illustrations, along with interesting descriptions of coral reefs and the animals that depend upon them. Includes several animals that I'd never heard of (such as the frogfish and the scorpion fish). My kids were both fascinated by and disgusted by the neon gobies that eat parasites and dead skin off of tiger groupies. The gobies even swim inside the groupers' mouths to clean their teeth. A great example of a symbiotic relationship. The book compares coral reefs to cities...great cities ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We recently read Redwoods by Jason Chin and we really liked it. I love the way that the book informs but still tells a secondary story through the illustrations. So when we saw this book about coral reefs, we just knew we had to read it.

The story is long and the information is fairly detailed, so I would recommend this for older children. But, as we saw withRedwoods, the colorful illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. They create an underwater world right inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: a wonderful introduction to coral reefs
Recommended to June by: Children's Books - Ecosystems
Having dived on coral reefs around the Cayman Islands and being a librarian made this a near perfect book for me. I found it a wonderful combination of a story about the magic of reading, a library book that magically transports a girl underwater to a coral reef, and information - where she witnesses the inhabitants and relationships of these "aquatic cities:" food chains, schooling, adaptations, symbiosis, filter feeding... A page at the end discusses the "Threat to Coral Reefs" and how ...more
Mary Ann
Using the similar combination of nonfiction and magical realism as he did in Redwoods (Flash Point, 2009), Chin presents a beautiful look at the ecosystem of coral reefs. A girl enters the New York Public Library and pulls out a book from the shelves; careful readers will note that she selects this same book, Coral Reefs. Soon, coral begins to grow around her on the tables and the floor. Water puddles appear on the floor. A crab scurries past. Suddenly, a wave crashes through the window and ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jason Chin has done it again. He's created another great title to add to your nonfiction bookshelf. This time he's taken us from the redwood forest to under the sea in his latest book, Coral Reefs. Again, Chin offers readers informative text and beautiful, imaginative illustrations. In Coral Reefs, a young girl enters the New York Public Library, pulls a book about coral reefs off the shelf and finds herself in the undersea world she's reading about. The text is straight nonfiction, while the ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, like Redwoods and Island has so much to recommend it on different levels: science, imagination, a library, detailed pencil sketches, whimsey, and immersive drawings. I love how Chin launches from a book being pulled off the library shelf—actually the book we’re holding. From there, the sea comingles with the library and our explorer is hooked. This isn’t an easy reader—there is a fair amount of text—but young listeners who can stick with or be enchanted by he details will be rewarded. ...more
Abby Johnson
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Using the same style as his previous nonfiction book, REDWOODS, Jason Chin presents information about coral reefs. The strength of this book is in the beautiful illustrations - as the young protagonist gets more and more engrossed in a book about coral reefs, the reef appears all around her until she's swimming through the ocean, checking out all the animals. The large blocks of text may turn off browsing readers, though the book does include enough information for reports. While the format was ...more
Tricia Douglas
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written book about coral reefs and how a little girl becomes so engrossed in the book she actually slips down into the ocean and discovers the reefs herself. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The facts are informative and interesting. At the end of the book is information on how the reefs are threatened and why their existence is important. This book is for all ages of children.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful!! Jason Chin illustrates a young reader's journey to a coral reef. An interesting, fun, and informative tour through coral reefs. The perfect read aloud for third and fourth graders learning about ocean life. Readers will certainly want time to inspect the fabulously detailed illustrations. I thought I knew about coral reefs and I learned something new too!
Michael Fitzgerald
Not extraordinary. Could be a lot clearer with identifications.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like Redwoods, this is a fabulous informational book and also a wonderful depiction of books capturing a reader's imagination.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm looking forward to Mr. Chin covering every subject under the sun. I love the facts mixed with the creative illustrations!
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbnf-500
The illustrations are realistic and gorgeous; the information suitable for primary grade students; the end papers have sketches of various fish and coral, with their names and lengths included.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, mom, dad, ellie
Great Illustrations. Jacob rates 4 stars, Mom and Ellie 3 stars.
3.5 stars
This book is a great resource educationally and for fun. Great content on coral reefs, the animals that live in/around them, food chains, food webs, and more. I loved the illustrations. The book really promotes the beauty of reading, libraries, sharing the love of books, how books can take you places you have never been. In the book a coral reef begins to grow when a little girl starts reading about coral reefs from a library book.

Overall, this was a great book. My kids liked it too!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is a hard book to review -- hard even for me to form an opinion about. I think the number one thing it calls to my attention is that it's very, very hard to both write and illustrate a children's book.

It's not that it can't be done -- the solo works of Dr. Seuss, Lillian Hoban, and Eric Carle, just to name a few, show that a singular vision can produce books of breathtaking imagination and beauty. But far too often, someone who tries to handle both creative parts simply proves that he or
Stephanie Layton
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coral Reefs by Jason Chin are a colorful informational text about the coral reefs. In this story a young girl begins by exploring the library before being taken on her magical adventure through the coral reefs. The beautifully illustrated informational text includes various plants and animals that live in the coral reefs. It also includes the dangers that the coral reef encounter.

I believe this book would be best suited for elementary aged students because all elementary age students can relate
Ms. McCall
Coral Reefs is a great introduction into the nonfiction, educational, informational genre in that it’s still a picture book at its core, as we can tell right away from the title page. We have an unnamed protagonist who walks us through finding and reading Coral Reefs herself from the confines of a library. But quickly each page of our Coral Reefs begins to grow into a wet, colorful coral reef; winding along the path of our young blonde reader as she walks and reads. Her face is expressive, ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
TED 8650 Children's Literature

Twin Text: Beach Feet by Kiyomi Konogaya, 2012

Rationale: Coral Reefs and Beach Feet are paired together because they are both about the ocean. Beach Feet is about a boy discovering the shore. Coral Reefs is about a girl discovering the coral reef. These books together cover discovering both the land and the water areas.

Text Structure: Coral Reefs has description and comparison and contrast. This book gives extensive details on the structure and the creation of the
Grace Livengood
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Chin, J. (2011). Coral reefs. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
Through vivid and realistic images of the creatures that make up one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, readers explore different species that live on coral reefs. Before that begins, we are introduced to the foundation of all coral reefs- the coral. Through each creature and level on the food chain, we get information about what that particular species does for the ecosystem. The pictures are very realistic and gives the
Chin takes us on another magical and informative journey in Coral Reefs. Much like the amazing Redwoods, it starts with a child picking up the very book that we are reading, and becoming "transported" into the world of the topic. As the little girl moves through the library, coral begins to sprout up around her, until a flood sweeps her off her feet, filling the place with water and creatures. Chin's text is conversational, doling out bits of information about things the girl sees as she ...more
This book is gorgeous, that pretty much covers it. The illustrations take the reader on a journey over and around a coral reef. Even without the words, I could easily follow the story. I love the idea of a book taking the reader on a journey to somewhere they may never be able to go in real life. This suits my lifestyle of armchair adventuring. The text does add a great deal of information, a little too much for a read-a-loud I discovered, especially when the students kept interrupting to share ...more
Anna Chaddick
This book is about the coral reef and the ocean. A girl picks this book from the library, but as she begins to read it she finds herself inside the book experiences the coral reefs. A coral reef is an underwater city made of coral with fish, seahorses, sharks and sea turtles. In this book, you find out about what a coral reef is and about the food chain and the partnerships in the reefs. They also discuss the sandy area between the reef and the shore, the lagoon. We also learn about many species ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ever start reading a book and feel like you have become a part of the story, your reality falling away? That’s the concept behind Chin’s striking book about Coral Reefs. When a young girl pulls a book off the shelf in the library, she is slowly transported to a world under the sea. Beginning with each type of coral, we slowly learn how the ecosystem of the coral reefs are built. The reefs are not alone, they are the home to many types of plants and animals and they all support or feed each ...more
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