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ONE NIGHT IN THE CORAL SEA by Sneed B. Collard III

ONE NIGHT IN THE CORAL SEA

By Sneed B. Collard III (Author) , Robin Brickman (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-57091-389-7
Publisher: Charlesbridge

The creators of Beaks! (2002) nose out more wonders of nature with a visit to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With Brickman’s teeming marine scenes for visuals, done in intricately shaped and painted paper collage, Collard introduces a sampling of the vast array of tropical fish and other reef-dwelling fauna. Then in an awed tone, he describes the recently discovered and still unexplained mass spawning in which, on certain spring nights beneath a full moon, more than a hundred different species of corals simultaneously release vast clouds of sperm and trillions of egg packets. He goes on to trace the development of a single coral polyp from fertilization to a large colony ready for the next spawning. Readers will come away intrigued by the phenomenon and eager to check out the multimedia resources on the appended list. This stands out from the school of other reef tours on library shelves, both for its special focus and for its riveting illustrations. (index, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)