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Island: A Story of the Galápagos Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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“Handsome and succinct...” ―The Wall Street Journal
“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
“...this fine introduction to [the Galápagos] will surely stimulate readers' interest.” ―School Library Journal, starred
“The art is masterful in its combination of realism and artistic flow; the layout complements sweeping full-page, full-bleed landscapes with carefully controlled panel sequences that provide additional focus on a process or creature, so the evolution of larger finches' beaks, for instance, is clearly demonstrated and explained.” ―BCCB, starred review
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Six million years ago and over 600 miles away from the closest continent, a new island is about to be born. From birth to death, the life story of an island and its evolution is recounted in a five part biographical format. Plant and animal life on the island is nonexistent for many years, until a seed falls from a tree on a neighboring island and makes its way to the new island. Mangrove trees begin to grow, and soon seabirds and marine iguanas from older islands begin to make the new island their home. In time, sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, seagulls, penguins, frigate birds, pelicans, sea lions, tortoises, finches, snails, and cormorants join the first plant and animal settlers. As the island changes over time, plant and animal life evolve and adapt to the different environmental changes. Eventually the island sinks below the blue waves forever. Through the years, new islands have emerged and the endemic plant and animal descendants of the island now exist on these other islands. Author and artist, Jason Chin's beautiful paintings and insightful text journal the Galapagos Islands' history, taking the reader on a fascinating fact filled island safari. Island A Story of he Galapagos Islands is an exceptional reading journey through nature and time.
So then Island. Let's look at Island. Chin, panel by panel, takes us through the birth, growth, and eventually disappearance of an island in the Galápagos. We see the island and its inhabitants change, over years and years, in little ways that, as time passes, become big and helpful modifications. Chin pulls his characters, all the creatures who begin to populate the island, right to the center of his drawings, posing for us, where we can look closely at all the curious developments, and slowly, reading along, we are pulled into the story of this intriguing spot in the world. Perhaps for the first time, like the first people who visited the islands, we see the inevitability of slow evolution and change in our world. Beautiful.
This book teaches so much and has such beautiful and plentiful illustrations that children want to keep listening, and you'll be looking forward to reading it again. Adding it to my pinterest list of books I Love, and would like to buy.
A Story of the Galapagos
by Jason Chin
This nonfiction narrative account of the formation of an island is not only full of fascinating facts, but is also a work of art. The extraordinary description of the plants and wildlife are portrayed in words and beautiful pictures. The detailed time line of events paints a picture in the reader's mind of how the Galapagos Islands came to be, based on scientific research and some imagination. If you are interested in geography, history, biology, or geology, this is the book for you!
School curriculum connections include: plant and animal life; timelines (history); landforms; adaptations; habitats; and environmental changes.
The educational possibilities are endless!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth the price. Information and pictures does not do justice to the actual scenery, habitat and wildlife. We want to return this item.Published 5 months ago by Jun A
Story about the Galapagos Islands, how they were formed, and the animals that inhabit them. Wonderful educational book but written at a child's level.Published 6 months ago by P. Salg
I recently got back from Galapagos and got this book for my 8 year old grandson. He loved it. It was a bit dis-jointed for my taste, but he loved it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by financesec
Extremely useful!!! A must read if you are planning to visit these islands!Published 17 months ago by Patricia de la Cruz
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 20 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 22 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 22 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 23 months ago by Stuart