The Great Barrier Reef

Helen Scales, Lisk Feng

The Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef

Helen Scales, Lisk Feng

A captivating illustrated introduction to The Great Barrier Reef, written by renowned Oceanographer and author, Helen Scales. Illustrated by up and comer Lisk Feng, this is perfect for intrepid young snorkelers or children curious about the world under the sea.

With nearly 400,000 square kilometres of dazzling colour, intricate ecosystems and unique creatures large and small, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of our world. Vibrant, dynamic illustrations illuminate this enchanting place, its animal inhabitants, and the people who have embraced it as a centrepiece of their cultures.

Learn all about how the reef came to be, its place in the world, and perhaps most importantly, what we can all do to help ensure that The Great Barrier Reef will be around for countless future generations to discover!


The Great Barrier Reef is as beautiful as it is informative, taking the reader on a journey through the world’s largest coral reef system, which covers an area of Australia’s coast the size of 70 million football fields!

Discover how the reef began (built by coral) and meet its vibrant residents: its animals, plants and even shipwrecks. Encounter the reef’s many fascinating neighbours: sharks, turtles and birds. Explore the long history and traditions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who harvested and hunted along the reef’s coast without damaging wild populations. And learn how climate change and plastics threaten our beautiful reef’s ecosystem, how scientific ingenuity is working to mitigate that threat and – more importantly – what each of us can do to preserve this natural wonder for generations to come.

The book’s friendly style and welcoming layout make its rich and fascinating content easily accessible to young minds, revealing amazing insights into the reef’s complex, diverse and fragile nature. And, like the Great Barrier Reef itself, the illustrations are rich, colourful and bursting with life. This treasure trove is ideal for families to share and will delight children and adults curious about one of the world’s natural wonders. Highly recommended for ages 7+.

Athina Clarke is the children’s book buyer at Readings Malvern.

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