The time is now, the chance is brief!
Stand up and save the coral reef!
Amazing pictures lie deep within this great Australian Geographic picture book, alongside a rhyming story that will teach young readers all about the coral reef and the creatures that live there.
As you journey below the water line you will see how the coral reef is created, how animals interact with it and how human behaviour is causing damage.
The bleaching of the coral reef is touched upon – not dwelled upon – which is important for young readers. Instead, easy tips and suggestions are offered within the story and at the end with a page full of suggestions.
The illustrations are spellbinding and add so much to the short story – giving you the parent or teacher to talk about that creature and how they live in the water with the reef.
Teaching children about the coral reef is a really important issue right now due to the damage that has been done. This book is a great way to start to teach your children about the small things that they can do to make a difference in the future of the planet (and hopefully their small steps will be followed by their parents bigger steps!)
The coral Kingdom by Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber is an excellent book for children of all ages, and one which links in nicely with science, geography and sustainability.
So what else can you do with this book
- Visit the end pages of this and choose an animal you would like to research further.
- Seek out the suggestions at the end of the story as to how you can save the GBR.
- Find newspaper articles about the GBR and what is happening to it. Seek out both positive and negative stories.
- Sign or create a petition about the GBR urging the government to stop coal mining and dredging of the land and sea near the reef.
- Link up all the rhyming words used. Find more words that rhyme with these words and try to create a few lines that you could add to this story about the coral reef.
- How much of the GBR has been bleached?
- How many different types of animals live in the GBR?
- If the GBR was destroyed how many less tourists might come to Australia?
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