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 things they knew. The students definitely found the bright and colorful illustrations appealing, as did I. It took some of the students a little time to figure out why the coral reef was growing in a building, but once they figured it out they really got into it. This is a great book for sharing, there is so much to share and talk about. I highly recommend it for those who have any interest in the natural world. If you haven't read Chin's Redwoods as well, I recommend that one also.
The Texas Blueboonet winner is a favorite in our classroom. The beautiful journey through various coral reefs is wonderful with great factual information for 5th grade students. This book woud be appropriate for 2nd - 6th also. Beautiful illustrations. I may have to buy another copy, because my students fight over who gets to read it daily.
My kids and I love this book. They studied the underwater world for science in school this year and this book was a perfect supplement. The art is beautiful and draws us in; the text is very informative but not dry. It's a book they'll pick up and look through even if it's not assigned to them; to me, that's the mark of a good "educational" book.