With vibrant hues and a treasure trove of fascinating facts, the creator of A Is for Australian Animals celebrates biodiversity among the sea creatures living in reefs along the shore.
Along the Australian coastline, underwater reefs are bustling with the most amazing sea creatures living on the planet. What can blow bubble rings and swim through them? What has teeth on its eyeballs? What creature makes itself nearly invisible to predators by using camouflage? What poops out sand? More than 25 percent of all sea creatures live in coral reefs, also called “rain forests of the sea.” This book introduces readers to everything from playful dolphins to deadly Irukandji jellyfish, leafy sea dragons to brainy octopuses, and walking sharks to whimsical-looking zebra seahorses. With gorgeous patterns and colors and substantial entries exploring each creature’s anatomy, diet, threats to survival, and more, Frané Lessac brings us a truly fascinating undersea exploration of the awe-inspiring Australian reefs.
About the Author
Frané Lessac is the creator of the companion book A Is for Australian Animals as well as Under the Milky Way, Under the Southern Cross, and Island Counting 1 2 3. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Robert F. Sibert Honor Book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, Pattan’s Pumpkin by Chitra Soundar, and Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse and The Donkey of Gallipoli, both by Mark Greenwood. Frané Lessac was born in the United States and now lives in Australia.
The multitudes of species found in and around Australian coral reefs are showcased creatively in this vibrant alphabet book. . . . encourages readers to revisit the pages. —The Horn Book (starred review)
The lively images reward attention. . . stands out for its stress on biodiversity, even occasionally showing how the many species are connected. . . . Sure to cultivate a sense of wonder at an oceanic ecosystem. —Kirkus Reviews