The Great Barrier Reef by Helen Scales. Illus. by Lisk Feng

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The Great Barrier Reef is a magnificent information book written about this stunning World Heritage Site right on Australia’s doorstep. As a Natural Wonder of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is closely monitored by scientists, ecologists and concerned individuals for changes and damage to its environment. This book provides the reader with detailed facts about its discovery, history, size, wide variety of sea creatures and their place in reef life, complex ecosystems as well as threats and possible solutions. The contents page clearly sets out the topics discussed and a glossary at the end helps with unfamiliar words and explanations.

There is an important section sharing information about the human inhabitants beginning with the Aboriginal peoples who lived harmoniously with the reef and respected what it provided for them. This then leads into white settlement and the lack of care initially taken by these new inhabitants. Fortunately this misuse is slowly changing through the knowledge and passion of people concerned about protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The author also provides valuable ideas on how we can begin to protect the reef in everyday life. The colourful illustrations are muted in tones but are both detailed and striking. The information is easy to digest and well explained.

A wonderful addition to a home, class, school or public library.

Themes: Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Ecosystems, Sea Creatures, Natural Wonder of the World, Aboriginal Culture & Story, Conservation.

Kathryn Beilby