A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The explanations of geological concepts are straightforward and well-illustrated, making the book an ideal introduction to natural history. More text-heavy, scientific analysis is featured in the epilogue, offering curious readers more details about the processes depicted in the preceding pages.
The stated goal of the author is to inspire people to consider the history and significance of the landscapes they encounter. As he writes in an Author's Note, "It's imagination that makes both science and art possible."
Positive Role Models
It's always positive to see kids visiting national parks and getting a chance to learn and experience the outdoors. It's also nice see the warm mentoring relationship of the Asian-American dad and his curious, eager daughter.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jason Chin's Grand Canyon, which won a 2018 Caldecott Honor, is a highly educational, beautifully rendered introduction to the natural history and present ecology of one of North America's most spectacular wonders. Framed in an engaging story of a dad and daughter exploring the national park, it features detailed descriptions of the geological processes that formed the canyon, as well as imaginative depictions of what the region may have looked like millions of years ago. This scientific picture book is perfect for enthusiastic young hikers, campers, and observers of the natural world, especially for those planning a trip to the Southwest.
Is It Any Good?
Wonderfully written and gorgeously illustrated, this informative picture book does justice to the marvelous landscape and intricate natural history it sets out to present. The science in Grand Canyon is sound and straightforward, transforming decades of high-level research into easily-digestible explanations and illustrations. Even if some kids' eyes glaze over when they see scientific terms, the lively artwork, and especially the dozens of easily-recognizable plants and animals that border many of the pages, will keep them engaged and excited.
Because the book has so many things that can be seen and identified, it actually serves as an excellent field guide for anyone visiting the national park or the region in general, similar to what a professional botanist or ornithologist might use. If you're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, Jason Chin's fact-filled picture book is a perfect companion to carry along.
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