A Coral Reef Story is a gorgeous illustrated guide to the animal life that live in tropical seas. You may not think this is relevant to England, but it is. For a start – we all share one planet. Also many tropical fish are captured in tropical seas to be bought and sold to pet shops in England and elsewhere, where many life miserable lives in small bowls. And climate change is bleaching coral reefs worldwide, affecting animal and plant life.
The story begins as tiny coral polyps come together to build a young coral, on the night of the full moon. We then learn how a coral reef forms, and meet creatures that live in it: turtles to barracudas to stripy fish and great white sharks.
You’ll learn of hermit crabs that jump in each other’s discarded shells, and an eel spitting out a spiky porcupinefish. There are also plenty of heartwarming moments (like a mother humpback whale tucking her calf under the fin, and a clownfish fiercely guarding his eggs).
The beautiful descriptions of unique sea life are accompanied by colourful illustrations to leave everyone poring over the scientific details of the book. The book also helps to stimulate discussion on the importance of protecting our planet’s ecosystems and habitats.
About the Author
Jane Burnard has worked as a children’s book editor for many years, and also as a writer, translator and gardener.