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The book Redwoods is spectacularly illustrated, and does a beautiful job of marrying the informational text with whimsical illustrations that show the grand scope and history of the Sequoia Redwoods in California. Not only is artwork itself very beautiful and realistic, the illustration actually tells it's own story within and alongside the written text, which is purely non-fiction information about Redwood trees. The art truly illustrates the journey inside the mind of a child as he reads about these marvelous trees for the first time as he takes the subway home in New York City. You can see the twists and turns in the way he interprets and imagines the material only in the illustrations and in a way that you could not gather from the text alone. The story is carried by the illustration, and not vice-versa.
  ameliagilbertson | Jun 5, 2014 |
I think this book could use for great discussion in the classroom. This book is a great example of how much inquiry can do for a person! ( )
  HillaryBertucci | Nov 23, 2013 |
A boy finds a book about redwoods and as he begins reading finds himself in a redwood forest. He learns basic facts about how these magnificent trees grow and survive, what plants and animals grow and live among them, and how tall they can grow.
  n.oreilly | Nov 3, 2013 |
This is an excellent book on how a childs imagination can take them places. A boy is reading a story about the redwoods and is taken away his imagination and actually is in the redwoods. Great books that could lead to great discussions. Would definitely use this in my classroom.
  RebeccaRunning | Oct 18, 2013 |
A phenomenal picture-book blending factual narrative and fantastic adventure, Jason Chin's Redwoods follows a young boy as he learns about the astonishing Sequoia sempervirens - the tallest living creatures on our planet. A straightforward, informative text that covers everything from life-span - coast redwoods can live for more than 2000 years - to canopy ecosystem, is paired with gorgeous watercolor illustrations that depict a young boy in the process of reading and learning. Picking up a book on redwoods that he finds in the subway, the boy is transported to the forest, and his exploration - looking at seeds and stumps, climbing to the crown - mirrors the facts under discussion in the text.

This is an immensely appealing book on so many levels! Both educational and entertaining, it highlights the idea that learning is fun, and subtly hints at the fact that scientific exploration is inspired by, and uses, the same powers of creativity and imagination as any other kind of human endeavor. The illustrations themselves are beautiful, making this a visually pleasing book as well. I liked the little environmental messages that Chin works into his art: an abandoned newspaper on the subway reads: You Can Fight Global Warming, while a torn-down poster warns of the Polar Bears' Last Stand. Chin is to be commended for creating an outstanding non-fiction title for children, excellent in every aspect of its conception and production. Highly, highly recommended! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 18, 2013 |
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A young city boy, riding the subway, finds an abandoned book about redwoods. He finds himself in the very forest described in the book. After finishing the book, he leaves it for someone else to read.

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