Island : a story of the Galápagos

by Chin, Jason, 1978-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 13 copies
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Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?

Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island--born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands. Chin's approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

Island is one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Combining geology, biology, and history, this is a story spanning six million years. A fictional Galapagos island makes its first appearance as a volcanic mountain erupting above sea level. After more than a million years, the eruptions dwindle. The island supports many plants and animals, and some develop into unique species. Finally, the island slowly shrinks and sinks beneath the water. In a brief, highly visual epilogue, Darwin (identified only in the appended historical notes) visits the Galapagos Islands in 1835. Back matter includes three separate pages of information ( Charles Darwin and the Galapagos, The Galapagos Islands, and Endemic Species of the Galapagos ) but no source bibliography. Handsome full-page paintings, horizontal scenes, and many panels of small, square pictures illustrate the gradual changes in island life and in the animals' physical features (finches' beaks, tortoises' shells) that enable them to survive. While the use of large-print sentences and small, sequential pictures is wonderfully helpful in illustrating concepts such as the island's changing size and shape, the book's combination of a relatively short text and a large, complex subject leaves some points unexplained or open to misinterpretation. Still, this is an ambitious introduction with noteworthy illustrations of land and animals in motion.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chin (Coral Reefs) does more than just explain how species of reptiles and birds on the Galapagos have evolved. He begins with the birth of the islands themselves, a process in which volcanic eruptions punch successive holes in the Earth's surface as tectonic plates move over them. Set against changes in the islands' climate and geology over many millennia, the adaptations of the islands' animals take on new significance. Many explanations of Darwin's work mention Galapagos finches and the trend toward stronger beaks; fewer clarify that the larger seeds a stronger beak can crack are all that's left as the islands subside and droughts become more common. Other changes are attributed to drought, too: tortoise shells develop a "saddleback" shape, "better for keeping cool and navigating the desert." Chin's artwork features rich color, inviting detail, and a dynamic balance between small serial panels and majestic spreads. It's a remarkable work and an asset for educators struggling to present material about evolution in a balanced way. Explicating scientific content this gracefully and clearly is no small achievement. Ages 5-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Natural history -- Galapagos Islands -- Juvenile literature.
Natural history -- Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Islands -- Juvenile literature.
Galapagos Islands.
Publisher New York :Roaring Brook Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Neal Porter book."
Map on endpaper.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781596437166 (alk. paper)
1596437162 (alk. paper)
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