Friday, May 24, 2013

ISLAND: A STORY OF THE GALAPAGOS by Jason Chin - Perfect Picture Book Friday

It's Friday—the first Friday of summer vacation for me!

Joy. Joy. Joy.

This time of year means planning trips, watching nature change day by day, and feeling alive. 

We've had a long winter this year in Wisconsin, and I know that this summer is going to be lived to the fullest. We already began with a trip to the zoo, where the crazy peacocks blocked our way, and the giraffes licked every crumb of cracker we had (don't worry: the zookeepers supplied the special crackers).

We'll also be re-visiting the caves, and taking a road trip across the Eastern half of our country. During that trip, our family will visit a number of historical museums to learn about our political and geological past (and let Mom & Dad do some much-needed primary research.)

Anyway, our family's LOVE of nature and history is behind this week's Perfect Picture Book selection. I'm thrilled to announce that the author/illustrator of this book is illustrating my forthcoming book as well. A dream! His skill to blend such precise realism with imaginative and even whimsical characters and scenarios is unparalleled. 

Today's Perfect Picture Book is:


Title: Island: A Story of the Galápagos
Author & Illustrator: Jason Chin
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (A Neal Porter Book), 2012
Category: Picture Book
Genre: Nonfiction
Topics: Science, Nature, Evolution, Geology
Ages: 6+
ISBN: 9781596437166

First Page:

Six Million Years Ago

The sun is rising over a lonely group of islands more than six hundred miles away from the nearest continent. The air is still and the sea is calm, but beneath the water something is stirring.

Why I chose this book:
  • The cover is beautiful
  • The story's scarce text is written just perfectly to engage young children in the science of how land forms and erodes, as well as how species migrate and evolve
  • The illustrations tell as much of the story as the text
  • The facts are so seamlessly woven into the story
  • The final spread is breathtaking!
  • The back matter makes this book suitable for much older children as well—meaning it'll stay on the main bookshelf at home for years as it will be re-read many times.
  • Did I mention that Jason is illustrating one of my books? A thrilling thought!
The book itself contains four pages of back matter. However, there is no shortage of interactive website for kids about the Galapagos to enhance their understanding of the islands' history.

Kids Discover

The Galapagos Conservancy

National Geographic Education

Thank you for visiting! And make sure to visit Susanna Hill's Blog for more Perfect Picture Book titles!


Patricia T. said...

Love your nonfiction choice today. I'm a fan of nonfiction books that are really engaging for children. The cover has me on this one.

So nice that your family enjoys nature and history. You've been a good teacher.

Miranda Paul said...

Thank you, Patricia!

Teresa Robeson said...

I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos, but this will be the next best thing for now. :) Thanks for posting about this, Miranda!

clarbojahn said...

I love non fiction picture books and think this selection for PPBF is wonderful. The cover is breathtaking and if the illustrations in the book are as good the book is priceless.

So glad this illustrator is doing the art for your book. I can't wait to read it! :)

Joanna said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book and how exciting that he is your illustrator too - fabulous news!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I liked his book Redwoods A LOT!

patientdreamer said...

Beautiful book for of interesting facts for kids. Wonderful news that he is illustrating your book. Congrats, Miranda. Look forward to reading your book when it comes out.

Vivian Kirkfield said...

Love this book, Miranda! The turtles on the cover actually look like dinosaurs to me...that is awesome. Looks like a beautiful book for kids. :)
Sounds like your summer will be fun, exciting and tiring. :) :) Enjoy!

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