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HELLO, FISH! by Sylvia Earle

HELLO, FISH!

Visiting the Coral Reef

By Sylvia Earle

Pub Date: April 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-7922-7103-3
Publisher: National Geographic

Earle (Dive!, p. 64) again transports readers to the ocean’s depths, this time to introduce the weird and beautiful inhabitants of the coral reef. A dozen fish receive star treatment, with brief, exuberant paragraphs of text and dramatic full-color photographs. Almost every page is suitable for display, showing off the spotted moray eel, brown goby, stargazer fish, spotted sting ray, clownfish, shark, and others. The author has a unique perspective on the fish, e.g., “I often stop and play with morays. I’ve even hugged a few! . . . In fact, these gentle and curious fish remind me of kittens.” That statement, next to a picture of the gaping jaws of a sharp-toothed, freckled fish, is bound to have an impact on readers. Earle does not provide specific, detailed information on the fish, apparently content to hook browsers, and to inspire them to further research. Even those who have never ventured under the sea will appreciate this enthusiastic guide. (Picture book. 7-12)