TITLE: ISLAND: A STORY OF THE GALAPAGOS
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Jason Chin
PUBLICATION INFO: Roaring Book Press’s Neal Porter Books, 2012
INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 2-4 (Booklist)
GENRE: picture book (nonfiction)
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“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.
- KidsDiscover magazine has a wonderful Galapagos page.
- National Geographic video about the Galapagos.
- Learn about the Galapagos Tortoise through National Geographic Kids.
- Play “Who Wants to Live a Million Years,” a national selection game.
- Teachers Pay Teachers has a variety of natural selection lesson plans. (Fees may apply.)
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