A Is for Australian Reefs
Walker Books, 2022
48pp., hbk., RRP $A26.99
Like fortress walls, Australia is ringed by a series of reefs – among them, the Great Barrier Reef, The Great Southern Reef, Ninglaoo Reed and Montgomery Reef. The reefs themselves are diverse formations and within them is the greatest diversity of life waiting to be explored. So in this stunning new book, Frané Lessac takes the young reader on an alphabetical journey to meet some of those inhabitants.
As with her other books such as A is for Australian Animals, this is a factastic tour combining an overarching statements with more detailed information placed among her original illustrations, making it not only visually appealing but also easily accessible to readers of varying abilities. So while we can get an overview of what a mollusc is, we then mean individuals like the giant clam, the cuttlefish, and the giant triton which eats the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish.
As one holiday period finishes and another looms, and Australians are travelling in their own backyards more and more, this is one to share so that children will not only be more aware of what’s in the waters they are likely to swim in, but be more inclined to protect them.