Who Needs a Reef?
Tundra, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
Who Needs a Reef?: A Coral Ecosystem
is one of an
series, aimed at grades 2 to 5, that also includes
Who Needs a Desert?: A Desert Ecosystem
Who Needs a Prairie?: A Grassland Ecosystem
, also by the same author.
he illustrations are as enticing and colorful as coral reefs I've dived through around the world. Patkau first introduces young readers to the ecosystem with her
Welcome to the Reef
How beautiful and strange the reef is, bustling and teeming with life.
How a Coral Reef Forms
, showing the insides of a coral polyp, and explores in the following pages the diversity of what's to be found
Living on the Reef
. After this comes an explanation of
The Food Chain
, with plankton at the bottom and how
Life is a Cycle
on the reef.
inally the author explains how
The Reef Protects the Shoreline
Beaches and Harbors Develop
, and how
The Reef is Productive
(in its harvest of food, in medicine and in tourism). The conclusion? '
Who needs a reef? We all do.
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