Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: A man and his daughter take a backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon, learning about the geological history as they go. Starting at the bottom, they study the rocks and fossils of each layer traveling upward to discover what Earth was like in the past. The girl imagines herself in different eras, with illustrations showing what the canyon looked like in those times. Small cutouts in some pages give preview peeks as to what’s ahead on the next page. Borders of many of the main illustrations show the flora and fauna that live at the different levels within the canyon. The final two pages of the main text open up into an amazing four-page spread of the “the grandest canyon on Earth.” Back matter includes quite a bit more information on the Grand Canyon, as well as a long list of sources and some books for further reading. 56 pages; grades 2-7.
Pros: Jason Chin produces another natural history masterpiece, with illustrations so lifelike they almost look like photographs. The pages are packed with information, both in the text and the pictures and diagrams. Readers will want to be on the next flight out to Arizona to experience the Grand Canyon for themselves.
Cons: While extremely informative, the text isn’t always quite as engaging as the illustrations.