September 18, 2015
by Jason Chin
The book opens with a girl removing a library book from a shelf, which just happens to be Coral Reefs by Jason Chin! As she begins to read, a coral reef starts to grow until, with a great gush of water, the entire library turns into an undersea world. As the girl goes on an exploratory swim, she watches the food web in action and sees how fish and octopuses adapt to their unique surroundings. It ends with the now dripping girl outside the library where she introduces other children to the wonders of the coral reef.
Chin's enchanting blend of reality and fantasy is creative nonfiction at its best. It's easy to see why so many readers have fallen in love with this book.