Books, Geography, Science/Math

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Island: A Story of the Galapagos



PUBLICATION INFO: Roaring Book Press’s Neal Porter Books, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-59643-716-6

SOURCE: Library

INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 2-4 (Booklist)

GENRE: picture book (nonfiction)


“The sun is rising over a lonely group of islands more than six hundred miles away from the nearest continent.”

Jason Chin, author or REDWOODS and CORAL REEFS, chronicles the “life” of an island from birth six million years ago to old age, when it sinks beneath the sea. During its life, animals come to live on the island and change through natural selection. Chin’s back matter includes pieces about Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands.

THEMES/TOPICS: science, natural selection, geography

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: This was a bit of a departure from the Jason Chin books I’m familiar with. Normally, he offers a fictional storyline “told” through the illustrations, matched with encyclopedic text. Here, he maps an island’s development to a human life cycle. Illustrations depict the story told within the text.


Every Friday bloggers review “Perfect Picture Books.” Find a complete list of book reviews organized by topic, genre and blogger at author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site.

25 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Island: A Story of the Galapagos”

  1. I didn’t know they let tourists on the island. wouldn’t they be too afraid of humans ruining it? or are there places they don’t let you go? would certainly love to travel here along with you. Will try and find this book to read. Love non fiction picture books. Love your resources, too. 🙂

    1. Clar, I know there are a lot of trips to the Galapagos available. My mother-in-law has been there. I’m not sure about restrictions, but I bet they are trying to protect the unique species.

  2. I have wanted to visit these islands for a long time because of their flora and fauna. Great discovery, Kristen.

  3. This sounds wonderful, Kirsten! and so interesting! I’ve read Redwoods, and would be very interested to read this one too *adds to her extensive library list* 🙂 Thanks so much for adding this to our list!

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