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Island: A Story of the Galápagos (edition 2012)

by Jason Chin

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Title:Island: A Story of the Galápagos
Authors:Jason Chin
Info:Flash Point (2012), Hardcover, 36 pages
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Tags:darwin, volcanos, islands, animal life

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Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin



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natural selection ( )
  melodyreads | Feb 2, 2015 |
An island rises from out of the ocean, grows, populates life, and eventually sinks back down into the depths. Finishes with an overview of Charles Darwin's world-changing discoveries in the region.
  Emackay24 | Jan 24, 2015 |
Excellent illustrations. The author uses full page illustrations as well as quite small illustrations in cells that may be 2" by 2". The book describes the evolution of a single island in the Galapagos from a new volcano to a worn down little rock sticking out of the ocean. There is an epilogue about Darwin's visit and a slightly longer discussion of plate tectonics as applied to the Galapagos and evolution as imagined by Darwin in a few pages at the very end. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 10, 2015 |
Read for Looking at Award Winning Illustrators assignment.
  gmustain | Dec 7, 2014 |
Starting at an island of the Galápagos’s creation some six million years ago, Chin uses this particular island to tell the story of the entire island chain, and how it became home to so many unique plant and animal species that still exist today. Written in a traditional birth through death cycle, readers get to experience an island from its birth to its disappearance millions of years later. Additionally, how the island became populated with such unique species as it did becomes a focal point of the story.

Although the topic is fascinating, the length of the book might detract some readers; however, the beautifully detailed illustrations will surely invite readers even to just glance through. Chin’s illustrations showcase the uniqueness of the species of the island, as well as the natural beauty of the island. Chin also manages to explain complex theories like evolution and natural selection without it being too overwhelming, although at times, as mentioned, the pages get extremely text-heavy. At the end of the story, there’s more information on Charles Darwin (who is never named in the story, but attentive readers will catch his presence), the Galápagos Islands in general, and also about endemic species, of which the Galápagos Islands has an extraordinary amount. Recommended. Grades 1 to 3. ( )
  krmajor | Nov 15, 2014 |
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An island is about to be born- one that in time will become the home of plants and animals that exist nowhere else on Earth. This book is the biography of a Galápagos island- from birth, through adolescence, to adulthood, and beyond.

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