The Brilliant Deep (Hardcover)

Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

By Kate Messner, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452133508, 48pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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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.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the award-winning author of Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Pond, Tree of Wonder, and How 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 the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon. He lives in Montreal, Québec.

Praise For The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

"This timely nonfiction picture book that unfolds on three fronts: as science primer about coral, biography of conservationist Ken Nedimyer, and call to action for kids." --The San Francisco Chronicle

★"Riveting. a book that can be used in so many ways-a study in biography, science, conservation, and volunteerism." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A charming piece of environmental good news for storytime." -Kirkus Reviews

"The ocean comes alive in this dazzling, nonfiction picture book about the life of Ken Nedimyer and his efforts to save the coral reefs through the creation of the Coral Restoration Foundation." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

"The message of positive advocacy for the environment will inspire young naturalists."-The Horn Book Magazine

"Strong, expressive, luminous illustrations. An engaging and informative picture book." -Booklist

"Scientific storytelling at its best." --The Virginia Pilot

"Nedimyer's story and immensely inspiring work come alive in The Brilliant Deep." --Brain Pickings

"Fascinating, informative, and a solid nod to anyone who chooses to make a difference." --Books to Borrow, Books to Buy

"Both educational and gorgeous."--Book Riot<.i>

"A poetic analogy between people and corals. and the power of innovation."-Publishers Weekly