Grand Canyon (Hardcover)

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Chin's Grand Canyon is huge-hearted non-fiction that will capture the imaginations of readers of all ages. Clever and oh-so-subtle die cuts cue stunning page turns. The results of which are sure to elicit more than one audible gasp from the reader. This is not just wonderful non-fiction, Chin takes full advantage of the picture book format, with art and text completely dependent on one another to tell the story. Chin's predictably gorgeous illustrations showcase the wonder and majesty of the "grandest of canyons," all while detailing its flora, fauna, and geological history with a light but informative touch.

As the silent father/daughter duo ascend from the canyon floor to the top of the ridge, they pass through geological time, with the curious child always one step ahead of her dad. Perfect. Tuck this new classic into the hands of fans of Me, Jane by Patrick McDonnell, and into the backpack of anyone who dreams of visiting Grand Canyon National Park.  

— From Amy's Picks


Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

Weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die cuts show you that a fossil today was a creature much long ago, perhaps in a completely different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter.

About the Author

Jason Chin is the author and artist of the award-winning book Redwoods, which Kirkus Reviews called, “An inventive eye-opening adventure.” His work also includes illustrations for Simon Winchester's The Day the World Exploded. He and his wife Deirdre, also an artist, live in Vermont.

Praise For…

A Caldecott Honor Book
A Sibert Honor Book

"With vivid imagination, a crystal-clear grasp of the facts, and brilliant artwork, this illuminating look at
one of the planet’s most fascinating features will entrance young readers."—Booklist, starred review

"Chin (Island: A Story of the Galapagos) packs the geologic history of the Grand Canyon into a stunningly illustrated story of a magical father-daughter hike."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This representation captures the essence of field geology: artifacts of the earth are indeed conduits to the past, brought to life through scientific imagination. The perimeters of some pages are filled with delicate sketches and diagrams in muted colors reminiscent of the dry rock landscape."—Horn Book, starred review

"Just watching the scenery go by in Chin’s sumptuous watercolors could be satisfaction enough for many readers, but textual commentary on the rock formations, as well as the ecological communities of flora and fauna in the changing climate zones, form the basis of a multidisciplinary science les- son far more engrossing than kids are likely to encounter in a classroom."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"An outstanding introduction to one of the world’s greatest outdoor wonders, with much to offer elementary students about Southwestern biomes, sedimentary geology, and the profound pleasures of observing nature."—School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596439504
ISBN-10: 1596439505
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Pages: 56
Language: English