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Brilliant Deep, The: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

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Author/Publisher/Website: Messner, K.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781452133508
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

This award-winning picture book follows the story of Ken Nedimyer who, as a child, was fascinated by the ocean and coral reefs and, as an adult, noticed coral reefs were fading and dying so he methodically developed a method to re-grow coral. This engaging resource for K-3 provides important information about the environment and the effect of climate change, and shows children how one person can make a difference. Suitable as a read-aloud for Earth Day, to encourage study of coral reefs and ocean life, to support learning about career choices, to launch discussion of how our actions have an impact on the world, and an appealing addition to classroom and school libraries.


Does the resource support BC curriculum?
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
This resource supports the Big Ideas in Science K-3: "Plants and animals have observable features", "Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things", "Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment", "Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment", "Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems." It supports Big Ideas in Career Ed K-3 such as "Learning is a lifelong enterprise." It also supports the Big Ideas in ELA K-3: "Everyone has a unique story to share," "Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us."


Social Considerations Comments:
There are no social considerations presented in this resource.


Is the resource engaging?
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Can reading level be adjusted?
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
The content is intended for K-3, which is a wide range. For the younger audiences, teacher support may be needed to read and understand the text as there is some new vocabulary for this age group. For the older audience in this age range the reading level is appropriate. The visuals are of high quality and draw the reader into the content. The content is very timely as we continue to experience and learn about the effects of climate change in our world. Discussions with students using this resource can show how our actions affect our environment, and inspire exploration of solutions even at a young age.


Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Is the resource easy to use?
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
The resource uses a variety of colour, text placement, spacing, and illustrations to present an appealing and easy-to-read picture book. The colour and font of the text are carefully selected to be readable in contrast to the background colours. The illustration effects are visually appealing and not distracting, with details in the pictures that readers can further examine. A few pages of text-free illustrations provide a fresh change as they highlight important events.


Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Plot description:
This is a non-fiction picture book describing the decline of coral reefs and the efforts of Ken Nedimyer to restore them. The main character in the story is Ken Nedimyer, who at a young age was fascinated by the ocean and coral reef. He notices a great decline in ocean life in correlation to dying coral reefs and tries to find a solution for this alarming problem. The story follows Nedimyer's childhood to adulthood, explaining the process of his experiment and how he puts his plan to save the coral reef into action. The story begins and ends with the powerful statement "It starts with one", showing children how one person can make a difference when they follow their passion.
Related Comments:
The resource gives important information about the environment that is appropriate for the age group. For the intended audience the text is not overly detailed or technical. The text introduces scientific terms and ideas that broaden students' experiences and understanding.
Picture Book
Literary Highlights:
Point of view
Picture book non-fiction
Visual Highlights:
Picture book non-fiction


At intended grade level(s)
The resource contains a page on vocabulary and further related readings to explore. It received awards such as the ALA Notable Children's Books Award, the NSTA-CBC Best STEM Trade Books Award, the Junior Library Guild Selection, and the ILA Teacher's Choices. It is available as an eBook.


This resource would be suitable as a read-aloud book, especially for Earth Day, to inspire children to action. Further study and activities about coral reef and ocean life would be appropriate extensions. The topic of career choice, i.e. what led the protagonist to choose his career, can be explored by students, providing an opportunity to self-reflect on what they might want to explore in their own future career. It can provide a springboard for discussion of how one person can make a difference in the world. This could then lead students to brainstorm projects to make a positive difference in their own community. This book would be an excellent addition to the classroom or school library.