by Jason Chin
56 pages; ages 7-12
Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Grand Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world. It is 277 miles long, as much as 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep, but it’s much more than just a big hole in the ground.
When I was a kid I walked down into the Grand Canyon. It was winter at the top, snowy and cold. By the time we reached the bottom we’d hiked through nearly 2 billion years (of rock layers) and it was practically summer.
So I like that Jason Chin begins this book with a family camping at the bottom of the canyon. We follow them up, up, up to the top – and along the way we’re introduced to plants and animals living at the different zones. And of course, there are the rocks. Layers and layers of sediment of all different colors.
What I like love about this book: Each page is like a field trip. Margin artwork highlights geology notes, or plants and animals found in the canyon. There are spreads that take us back millions of years to when the area was beneath the sea. Condors sail by; red dust coats our hiking shoes.
I love the pages that open out to reveal a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon. And back matter (of course)! There are back notes about early humans in the canyon, as well as notes about the ecological communities (from river level to 8,200+ feet), and lots of notes about geology, fossils, and how canyons are carved. Want to know more? Then check out the books, websites, and other stuff for further exploration.
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