Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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Roaring Brook Press 2017
Part of a Series
Science Curriculum

When you look out of your window, what do you see?  Maybe you see city buildings, or the house next door on your street in the suburbs.  Maybe you're lucky enough to see fields and fields of soybeans and corn and just maybe you hit the jackpot and you see mountains rising into the sky.

The view out our window can give us clues to the story of the land around us. Why does it rise up or lie flat or even roll?  One of the most magnificent places to see the story of our planet written in the land is the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

This beautiful book takes us deep into the Inner Gorge where at the very, very bottom we can look at the lowest layers of rock and see the continental basement -"the bottommost layer of rock on the continent."  Amazing, eh?

Come on along as a father and his young daughter begin their ascent out of the deepest part of the Inner Gorge and begin to rise higher and higher along the trail. As they leave the bottommost rocks, they are walking away from the story of 1.84 billion years ago.  Step by step they pass layers of sandstone and shale all laid down millions of years ago.

On this amazing hike, you'll discover the flora and fauna of each tier.  There's a pocket mouse, a Grand Canyon rattlesnake and one of the rarest birds in the world: the California Condor.  Keep hiking and you'll see the secrets that tell us what the layers looked like back in their time.

This is an amazing place that tells the astonishing story of how our planet changed and changed again.  Stand on the rim for a moment and grab yourself a glimpse of over a billion years all leading up to now and this life all your own.

56 pages    978-1596439504  Ages 7-10

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

Weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die cuts show you that a fossil today was a creature much long ago, perhaps in a completely different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter.

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