Grand Canyon — 16 Comments

  1. Love the idea of bringing together multiple stories by Jason Chin, for example: Coral Reefs, Redwoods-just to name a few. The reviews, the artwork—I love the engagement you see with kids HUNGRY to learn within the authors stories. Grand Canyon’s book size is GRAND and the information will challenge every level of reader from the endpapers and throughout. 5 stars PLUS+.

  2. I didn’t find this book interesting. I don’t think that tweens would “get” this book and it is above the level of most 2nd graders. The hopping back and forth between eras might confuse some readers and the technical names, while good to know were hard to follow. I enjoyed the cutouts in the book. It gave the readers something exciting to look forward to on the next page turn. The plants and animals displayed on the borders were nice to look at. This book would appeal to kids really into geology or families that visit Grand Canyon soon. It could be used to supplement a text book when the class is reading about certain levels in the Canyon.

  3. Good book with an overwhelming amount of info. I would try to see if I could find this online or use a doc camera when reading it with my students as there is just so much info and an incredible amount of vocabulary. This would be a tough book for lower readers. I really liked the pictures and all of the information about the illustrations. I’d put this out in my room, but don’t plan to purchase it for my library. ***

  4. I agree with many of the other reviewers that it’s a book for an older crowd. I also agree that it is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed the story – told as if we are hiking along – and finding surprises through the little cutouts on the pages. The information in “the margins” was also very cool – especially the photos of the birds and animals that can be found in the different areas of the canyon.Five stars.

  5. If you want to learn a TON of information about the Grand Canyon then this is a great book for you! I found it to be interesting and informative and thought the illustrations were gorgeous. I do feel like there should have been a least a few real pictures however. This is a great book for anyone doing a report, going to visit the Grand Canyon, or just for pleasure reading. I wouldn’t use it for storytime but I could see it being used in a classroom setting. 4/5 stars

  6. The wealth of information in this book and the illustrations to go with it was amazing. I appreciated all the information as an adult. However, thinking of the geography and botany standards for 2nd grade, this book, I feel, is simply too much for the average 2nd grader. I used to teach 4th grade and I think this would be an ideal book for that grade level where many of the geography standards are similar to 2nd grade but require a deeper understanding.

  7. This book had ton of great information about the Grand Canyon. I enjoyed how the author used the hikers to show the information rather than just telling it. I do think this book would be too much for my younger students, but we could use pieces of it when learning about habitats or land forms.
    4 stars

  8. “They are like windows to the past.” This is not a typical nonfiction book about the Grand Canyon! This book would really appeal to anybody trying to understand the vast amount of information contained in the layers of one of the largest canyons in the world. Author and illustrator, Jason Chin masterfully brings us along as a young girl and her dad trek to the bottom and back. I loved the “windows to the past.” There were small holes in the pages that plunged the little girl into the past life of the canyon on the next page. This book is rich, accurate, creative, and contains fascinating facts. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, but this book gives me new eyes to see it, if I ever am fortunate enough to return. Five Stars, for sure!

  9. The illustrations are amazing and I learned so much reading this book (I had no idea the bottom was hotter than the top!). However, I just didn’t feel this was a book for a 2nd grader. They certainly could look through it and see the pictures (and follow the story of the hikers), but I don’t think it is a book for them to sit down and read.

  10. I thought this was a great book for learning about the Grand Canyon. I liked how three different habitats with their plants and animals are described. I would use this book in conjunction with learning about habitats. I would read it to the class and then leave it out for students to enjoy it on their own time. I rate it a 5.

  11. I enjoyed how the author wove a fictional hike through the Canyon with so much nonfiction information about one of our country’s great parks. The illustrations are fantastic. As the narrative of the hike progresses, illustrations of animal and plant life which live in each section of the Grand Canyon are present on the top and bottom of the story.
    I would use this as a mentor text for descriptive writing. One might also use this as a read aloud in several reads. Have the children try to visualize first, then show them the illustrations.
    Having been to the Grand Canyon several times, I did enjoy the deeper perspective provided.
    4 stars

  12. This book is for a much older student audience that 2-3 graders. Some of the infrrmation and pictures could be shared if talking about the Grand Canyon in class. It is a book deep in history and factual information about this fantastic place, but needs to be really appreciated and that would be with higher grade levels.

  13. I love how this book takes the reader back in time as the character walks through Grand Canyon. If I were to use this book I would pick and choose parts to read aloud. For my 2nd graders, this book would be great for learning about time lines. The illustrations are great. I like how the illustrator labeled the animals around some of the pages. I give this book 4 stars.

  14. I appreciate the pairing of a “exploration” narrative along with the information in this text. This is a fantastic example of an author’s love of a subject matter coming through to the reader. I think I would actually use this with our fourth graders, as they study landforms and geology and also the United States. This book combines so many of their units of study! I think students might enjoy plotting a timeline of the different eras, or maybe we could find a VR tour to go along with this, and especially to contrast with the spreads that include “travel back in time” to when the canyon looked very different. The back matter especially impressed me…I was expecting to see additional information, but what I really loved was the author’s note/the note on the illustrations: the level of detail included in these shows just how much care went into this book.
    5 stars

  15. Great informational book! The pictures of the child and adult exploring the canyon were wonderful, along with the pictures bordering the pages that depicted the rock layers, how the layers were formed, and the animals that inhabit each layer of the canyon. The map inside the front cover gave an overview of the national park. At the end is more information on the first humans who came to the canyon along with approximate of other species living in the canyon. The final fold out picture was beautiful and helps to visualize the massiveness od th Grand Canyon. Because of the amount of facts contained in the book it may be best used as a resource or read in sections with an adult. There is vocabulary that may need explaining to some students. *****

  16. This was an amazing book!! This is a perfect book for kids and adults to learn about the Grand Canyon!! I loved how the information was told and also the way the boy in the book as discovery everything. I also enjoyed the small cut outs on the pages that showed part of the next page. The illustrations were so well done. I would use this as a read a loud for the class, but also leave out for students for free reading. I would then use this for writing time. I would ask the students to write about their favorite things they learned about the Grand Canyon. I would then invite students draw their favorite animal or plant life they saw in the book.
    I rate this book 5 stars.

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