Island: A Story of the Galapagos

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?

Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island—born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands.

Praise for ISLAND

Winner of the 2013 Gryphon Award from the Center for Children’s Books

“Writing scientific narrative nonfiction for young children is challenge enough, but creating engaging picture books for older children about the natural world isn’t easy either. How to pull in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” reader? Credit to Jason Chin, who succeeded at both in “Coral Reefs” (2011) and “Redwoods” (2009). He does so again in his latest, “Island: A Story of the Galápagos.”The New York Times

“Chin’s artwork features rich color, inviting detail, and a dynamic balance between small serial panels and majestic spreads. It’s a remarkable work and an asset for educators struggling to present material about evolution in a balanced way. Explicating scientific content this gracefully and clearly is no small achievement.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“A beautifully made picture book presents the story of the Galápagos Islands for young readers…It’s not easy to present the story of island formation, species colonization and evolution in a picture book, but Chin succeeds admirably, challenging intelligent young readers with sophisticated concepts, but presenting them in a way that will allow readers not only to understand them, but to marvel at them, as well…Another superb contribution to scientific literature by Chin.” – Kirkus, STARRED

“[ISLAND provides] a brilliantly clear, accurate, and age-level-appropriate explanation of natural selection…The text’s organizational structure nicely echoes the story line and underscores the ecological message. Chin’s gorgeous illustrations include sweeping double-page spreads of the island and its inhabitants and rectilinear panels of varying sizes, sometimes arranged in groups of three or four to show dynamic changes such as the eruption of a volcano, the movements of a lizard across the ocean bed, or species adaptations over generations.” The Horn Book, STARRED, FANFARE TITLE

“…this fine introduction to them will surely stimulate readers’ interest.”– School Library Journal, STARRED

“This will be superbly useful as a science text, but readers in general, especially animal lovers, will be lured in by the accessible format and crystal-clear explanations.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED

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