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Chin’s remarkable introduction to the Galápagos is not just a story. It’s a biography. It begins with an island’s “birth” six million years ago. “A volcano has been growing under the ocean for millions of years,” Chin writes. “With this eruption it rises above the water for the first time, and a new island is born.” In full-page watercolor paintings and small-size panel illustrations, Chin shows how the tremendous explosion leaves a mass of lava, which hardens and grows into an island. Any reader who has ever made a homemade “volcano” out of baking soda will be hooked.
Writing scientific narrative nonfiction for young children is challenge enough, but creating engaging picture books for older children about the natural world isn’t easy either. How to pull in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” reader? Credit to Jason Chin, who succeeded at both in “Coral Reefs” (2011) and “Redwoods” (2009). He does so again in his latest, “Island: A Story of the Galápagos.”
Chin, as author-illustrator, melds geology with evolution, showing how the land and its inhabitants interact and shape one another in a natural-world interplay. We see how a few intrepid immigrant animals arrive, colonize and transform themselves to accommodate the particular features of their new home. The island grows and changes too as new eruptions lead to the appearance of other nearby islands, while eruptions on the original island grow infrequent, and then cease.
“…a remarkable work and an asset for educators…”--Publishers Weekly, starred
“Chin’s gorgeous illustrations include sweeping double-page spreads of the island and its inhabitants…”--Horn Book Magazine, starred
"Another superb contribution to scientific literature by Chin.”--Kirkus, starred
Love this book. This is a must have book for every child's library . Love the way author describes how a island forms, how life starts and how it can disappear from map of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by New York Teacher
I like the book - it has a sentimental value as a present. However, the dust jack is torn and creased at the top edge - the book is little harmed - but, still, this is not how you... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Strange
Another winner from Jason Chin! Many kids learn to care through stories, and this book shares the story of how the Galopagos Islands formed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LP Salas
This book is a great idea but it is written for children. If you are older than 8 years old don't but it.Published 6 months ago by Stuart
We had just returned from a cruise in among the Galápagos Islands. This book was bought to share their origin and existence with our grandchildren. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara J. Kohl
Went to the Galapagos Islands recently, and wanted to get my nieces something that would be reminiscent of what we saw down there. They loved the toys!Published 12 months ago by L Raines
This is a great introduction for little ones to adaptation and evolution. The pictures are beautiful and rich and the story is straight forward and easy enough for my 4 year old to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
The photos are lovely and it is easy for a 10 year old to digest. I am happy with the purchase.Published 15 months ago by Evelyn A. Oprey