Coral Gardens

Children - Non-Fiction
34 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2020
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Coral Gardens is the fourth book from the Under the Sea series by Patricia Gleichauf. Did you know that corals are actually small endangered sea creatures? Coral reefs are underwater gardens where sea plants and sea animals live. A single coral is called a polyp and baby coral is called larva. Soft coral polyps grow on the ocean floor, while hard coral polyps attach to rock formations and old coral reefs. They play vital roles in the ecosystem by helping to keep the oceans clean, providing food and refuge for other fish and algae. Elkhorn and Staghorn are types of hard coral, and Sea Plume and Sea Fan are soft corals. Parrot fish and surgeon fish keep algae trimmed with the help of sea urchins. Sponges, clams, and turtles also do their part to keep their environment clean, productive, and safe for every sea creature.

Patricia Gleichauf’s fourth book, Coral Gardens from her Under the Sea series is fun reading material for children. Her educational content is done in a creative, upbeat, rhyming format against vibrant watercolor illustrations by Karen Staszko. There is so much fascinating information about the ocean and sea animals that I didn't even know. The purpose of this book and the series is to teach children about sea life so they can understand how important it is to help preserve it for the sea animals and humans who also benefit from it in many ways. Under the Sea series is an award-winning collection of educational books that children will benefit from reading.