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The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation / by Kate Messner ; Matthew Forsythe.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm


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333.9553153 MES Book Junior Collection

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All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs--with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral--are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe tell the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

Author Notes

Kate Messner is the award-winning author ofOver and Under the Snow,Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt,Over and Under the Pond,Tree of Wonder, andHow to Read a Story, as well as more than a dozen other books for young readers. Kate lives on Lake Champlain in New York.

Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning artist and illustrator. He has worked with theNew York Times, theWall Street Journal, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon. He lives in Montreal, Québec.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Messner draws a poetic analogy between people and corals in this story of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation: "Some drift in the currents until they come to rest, not too deep, on the ocean floor. If one is lucky, it lands in a place where it can grow." Messner describes Nedimyer's upbringing in Florida, where he is entranced by the ocean-a passion that continues into his adulthood as he works to cultivate marine life on rocks for use in aquariums. This endeavor sparks an idea to plant healthy colonies in dying coral reefs. Readers are likely to be intrigued by the hands-on process of regrowing the reefs: "With a careful dab of epoxy-just the size of a Hershey's Kiss-volunteers attach the coral colonies. Piece by piece, arm by arm. Hoping they will grow on their own." Forsythe's grainy scenes of Nedimyer diving are infused with a golden glow that emanates from the healthy coral colonies-a hint at the wonder that ocean life inspires in the subject. Messner delivers a quiet homage to Nedimyer and the power of innovation. Ages 5-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

The same sentence--It starts with one--opens and closes this account of the threatened Florida Keys coral reefs and one mans efforts to restore them to heath and vigor. Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, is a Florida native and longtime marine-life enthusiast. As a boy, his love of all things aquatic was fueled by watching Jacques Cousteau TV shows, snorkeling in the Florida Keys, and raising fish in tanks in his home. As an adult, he noticed the decline in coral reef health as species started to die out. Messner walks readers through Nedimyers innovation: growing staghorn corals in live rock farms and transplanting them to dying natural reefs. Forsythes illustrations are a unique take on tropical waterscapes, juxtaposing kaleidoscopic color washes with dark and light foundational structures to capture details of the corals and their protectors. The message of positive advocacy for the environment will inspire young naturalists who are also eager to translate their love of nature into action. Appended with two pages of back matter, including a brief bibliography, a glossary of coral reef vocabulary, and some answers to How Can Kids Help? danielle j. ford (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.