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Grand Canyon

ratings:
4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
52 pages
1 hour
Released:
Feb 21, 2017
ISBN:
9781250155436
Format:
Book

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From Scribd: About the Book

Nature is fascinating, and it is common for rivers to wind through the earth, cutting through solid rock, eroding soil for millions of years, and create beautiful landscapes. One such landscape - which happens to be a cavity in the ground that is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep - is the Grand Canyon.

This unique place is home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have all evolved to specifically survive in the walls and plateaus of the Grand Canyon. In this captivating book, follow father and daughter as they make their way through this natural wonder, exploring cavernous regions, witnessing weather patterns, and discovering life both present and past.

Their journey will take you backward and forward in time as you examine perfectly placed die cuts that show you how a fossil today was a creature many thousands of years ago, perhaps even in a completely different environment. Grand Canyon has an intricate detailed map and extensive information on this natural wonder.
Released:
Feb 21, 2017
ISBN:
9781250155436
Format:
Book

About the author

Jason Chin is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He lives with his wife, also an artist, and their son in Vermont, USA.


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4.6
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  • An absolutely gorgeous and enjoyable read, I found myself staring at the delightful illustrations, picking out all the tiny details, and pretty much loving every page of this book. It is written almost as a story, in a sense, of a father and a daughter who are exploring the Grand Canyon together. There is no drama or plot, but instead you travel along with this family and learn what they learn, experience what they experience, and it gives you a remote sense that you are experiencing the wonders of the Canyon yourself. I loved the margin text, as it gives loads of extra information, and I feel that everything was covered in this book. For adults, there is plenty of bibliographical information that enables further reading and research at your leisure, which I have taken full advantage of.

    Scribd Editors
  • I remember visiting the Grand Canyon as a kid, and although in my memory it feels vivid and fresh, I know that over the years I have forgotten countless things about the experience. It was a fascinating trip, I recall, and when I saw this book on Scribd I decided to take a look at it and read it with one of my grandkids. I think we were equally enthralled with this book, and page after page had us saying "oh wow" and "whaaaaat!" For me, it was like taking a trip back in time to my family vacation as a kid, I recognized places that I had been, and things that I had seen. For my grandkid it was like taking a trip in their imagination, and they loved it. I think I know where the next family vacation will have to be.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    This wonderfully illustrated book discusses the geology and ecology of the Grand Canyon. It's certain to be a hit with youngsters vacationing there or who are interested in science. I loved the way Chin used margins to extend learning. Chin even offers a bibliography which would be useful for older people interested in learning more about this masterpiece of God's handiwork.
  • (4/5)
    I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are what grab you as they are drawn as true to real life as possible. The information that is located on each page does not just provide incite on the Grand Canyon itself, but also the animals, plants, and insects the inhabit there.
  • (4/5)
    The usual attractive artwork by Jason Chin. There is a neat device that transports the hiker into the past, the time of the fossils that she finds, which is quite clever. If this were read properly, quite young children could enjoy it.
  • (5/5)
    Extremely accessible description of the Grand Canyon and how it came to be.
  • (5/5)
    Jason Chin, author/artist extraordinaire, whose previous picture-book forays into the world of natural history include Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island, here turns his attention to the 'grandest canyon' on earth, and the result is a distinct triumph! Using the imaginative framing device of a young girl and her father hiking up from the bottom of the canyon to the South Rim - Chin often uses a fictional framing device to highlight his non-fictional content - the book explores the different levels of this magnificent geological formation, progressing through time as the characters move upward through different layers of rock. Species of animal and plant-life present in each distinct eco-system - Grand Canyon contains many - are featured in border illustrations around the main panel on each page. Fossils that the girl finds on her hike are revealed via die-cut hole in the page, with the ancient ecosystem that produced them - the oceans, deserts and mudflats that once covered the area - revealed on the next page. An extensive afterword gives more information about the region, and includes an author's note and an extensive list of sources and further reading.I have long been a fan of Jason Chin, whose works of picture-book natural history are frequently as entertaining as they are educational. I recommend his books all the time at work, and always draw people's attention to his use of fictional story-lines to make his non-fictional elements more engaging and relatable to young people. I was therefore thrilled to see Grand Canyon, and now that I have had the chance to read through it, can report that it is the best yet, of Chin's many amazing books! I finished the book feeling better informed about the Grand Canyon, and with a much stronger desire to visit this amazing place. The artwork, done in pen and ink, watercolor and gouache, is simply breathtaking, capturing the awesome beauty of its subject. The innovative design, with die-cut holes and a full four-page fold-out painting of the Grand Canyon as a whole, makes the book all the more enjoyable. In short: an amazing work! Highly recommended to anyone looking for picture-books with an ecological or scientific theme, as well as to anyone intending to visit the Grand Canyon. Hopefully one day the latter category will include me...
  • (5/5)
    I loved every single thing about this book. 5 full stars. I’ve always wanted to be able to rate of a scale of 1-100 and this book would come very close to the 100 mark, not true for all my 5 star rated books. I love this illustrator/author and this is probably now my favorite book he’s done.This is a non-fiction book. Its fictional aspect are illustrations of father and young daughter exploring the canyon, its present and its past too.I learned so much. I think I would not want to visit in summer (especially at the bottom where it’s hottest) but I’ve always wanted to visit and now I want to visit even more than I did before reading this book.This could make a good read aloud book for groups and one on one and it’s definitely a great discussion book, but I think this book is best for independent readers. There is just so much to pore over and explore I think it’s most satisfying for readers to read and view this book at their own pace.The illustrations are glorious. They’re top notch wonderful. There is even a 4 page pull out illustration that is fitting for this subject. I particularly loved the miniature pictures of the various wildlife and natural features of the area and mini-maps, etc. I appreciated the wonderful large map drawing of the Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding area including some of what is right outside its boundaries. They start on the front and inside front cover and go to the back inside and back cover. Every page is beautiful and educational.This book would have been a very favorite of mine when young, especially when I was 10 years old and had particular interest in geology. Even though when our 5th grade classes were combines with the 4th grade classes for a science module and I chose volcanoes, I was interested in all things geology. Really my interest has never waned. If I’d read it at ages 7-9 I might have started loving geology at an earlier age, especially since from early childhood, age 4 or so?, I loved rocks and shells. Highly recommended now to all children. This would make a great gift for many girls and boys; they don’t even have to already be interested in the subject. I think this book will get many kids interested in the Grand Canyon. It’s a fascinating account. So much information is packed into the book. I appreciate that the author explained what is not known as well as what is known about the Grand Canyon.I’m reading a book about the history and present of Native Americans right now and especially relished seeing where various Native tribes/Nations are in the areas near and in Grand Canyon Park.There is a very welcome and informative and explanatory author’s note in the back. He answered questions I didn’t even know I had. There is also an acknowledgments section, and a selected sources section listing books, websites, papers, and a list for further reading.This is a nearly perfect book, in my opinion. I want to recommend it to every child I know and all adults who have particular interest in this subject and can enjoy reading a children’s non-fiction picture book. The author/illustrator did his homework and it’s obvious the book was a labor of love. I adored it. It would be a treasure edition to all school libraries, all libraries, all homes that include young people.
  • (5/5)
    Jason Chin takes us on a tour through time and space to educate us about the Grand Canyon, which, at 277 miles long, is one of the largest canyons in the world. “It is more,” he writes, “than just a big hole in the ground.”Following a young girl and her father on their trek along the South Kaibab Trail, the author shows the wide range of habitats, geological features, and wildlife that they would have seen on their walk. And yet, as he notes in the back matter, “despite travelling [sic] roughly 20 miles, descending a vertical mile down and up again, they’ve only seen a fraction of Grand Canyon. The canyon is simply too big for any one person to see it all, even in a lifetime of study.”The watercolor illustrations by the author are terrific, beginning with the front matter which shows an overview of the canyon, to the back matter which provides a cross section of the geological strata. Throughout the book, the diagrams of rock formations, flora, fauna and so on are accompanied by identifying commentary. Occasional cut-outs let the reader see back in time, and a double gatefold vista gives an idea of how stunning the canyon appears to visitors.Evaluation: Young people will spend hours pouring over this informative introduction to one of the great natural wonders of the country.