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Redwoods [PDF / Epub] ☉ Redwoods By Jason Chin – A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests As he reads the information unfolds and with each new bit of knowledge he travels—all the way to Cali A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests As he reads the information unfolds and with each new bit of knowledge he travels—all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook Chin's approach makes this book a must have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

10 thoughts on “Redwoods

  1. Calista Calista says:

    I love this book This book is about a boy reading a book in NYC about the Redwood forest It gives all kinds of tips and facts about the forest We see the city boy in the forest I have been to two different Redwood forests One in Northern CA and the other outside San Fran I loved both experiences There is nothing on Earth like those grooves They are simply amazing and humbling The energy is so huge you can almost ride on it I have never felt anything like it I would love to be able to go there on a weekly basis I think you would be much healthier It’s too bad CA is so dang expensive These forests are over 2000 years old A living thing older than history It is so amazing to me reallyI thought the artwork was fun and the story really hooked the imagination Both kids want to go see these trees They could believe that animals live in the canopy and never touch the ground That is wild to think about This got the kids imaginations going too and they really can’t believe how big these trees are You simply have to see them to comprehend them I think I hope the kids can go some day The nephew gave this 5 stars and the niece gave this 4 stars They were both under this book’s spell Love it

  2. Spencer Orey Spencer Orey says:

    A bit heavy on facts but great illustrations The world high above in the trees is awesome and the gentle subtle story about city kids learning about trees is nice

  3. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    An innovative non fiction picture book following a boy's journey through the science of the redwoods A lot of information is packed into this little book but the illustrations make it easy to digest and even fun I love how the boy becomes so immersed in what he is reading that he actually finds himself in a redwood forest There is a conservation message attached to the book but it's not overly didactic and emphasis is placed on how cool these trees are and how it would be great for the reader to be able to visit them somedayAs a life long Northern California resident I've been fortunate enough to see the beautiful redwood forests we didn't make it far enough to see the most giant of them but I plan to someday soon

  4. Betsy Betsy says:

    Is it easier to write an excellent work of fiction than an excellent work of non fiction? It’s sort of a trick uestion Still I’d argue that a poor work of fiction is going to appeal to a child immediately than a poor work of non fiction Hand a kid a terrible picture book and they’re going to at least give it a glance But hand them a poor work of non fiction and what’s their reaction? “Boooooring” So superior informational books for kids not only have to be interesting and well written but they also have to fight against the intended audience’s learned prejudices That’s where Jason Chin comes in In this debut non fiction picture book from Roaring Brook Chin takes a page from the Magic School Bus school of writing for kids You want facts? Fine We’ll give you facts And on top of that we’ll also give you a fun story great visuals and small furry creature evident on almost every single page You have kids that think non fiction is dull as dishwater? Meet the cure A boy finds a book sitting on a seat in a subway platform He picks it up possibly drawn to the cover which shows himself standing in a redwood forest looking up As he reads facts about redwood trees we read the same thing We learn how old the trees are the kinds of ecosystems they prefer their resistance to forest fires how tall they can grow etc As we learn so too does the boy and soon enough he finds himself in his own forest scaling the trees escaping fires and meeting the creatures that rely on the plants By the end he has found himself on a park bench and in a rush leaves the book behind where a girl will find it and have adventures of her own About four pages into this book I had to flip back to the cover I was worried Did the illustrator of this book inform the author of what he was up to when he decided to give the story a narrative? Of course I uickly saw that Jason Chin not only wrote the book but illustrated it as well Aaahhh It’s interesting that on the surface the facts about redwoods inform the pictures but don't describe them While we’re hearing about a redwood tree’s natural ability to withstand forest fires there runs our hero willy nilly away from a magnificent blaze And while we hear about the different forest residents that live in redwood forests our hero is scaling a tree looking at them firsthand Though the book doesn’t contain so much as a thought bubble I began to think about graphic novels when considering Chin’s interaction between text and image Though the text doesn’t rely on the pictures the images do make significantly sense when paired with the text As for those pictures themselves they’re great Full of action adventure and daring do or is it derring do? Young children the pre literacy crowd may be drawn to the images at first and then enjoy the words later Even better are the millions of tiny details peppered throughout this story Kids will like noting that what the boy reads on the page is the same as what we are reading I was particularly impressed that Chin managed to work the cover of this book into the art so many times After all covers of children’s books aren’t usually written in stone and can be prone to change He must have established what the cover image would be right from the start before he even began Kids will also love spotting the flying suirrel that attaches itself to the boy once he finds himself in redwood country look closely and you’ll even spot it on the inside front bookflap Third and fourth readings of the book reveal that the trash on the floor of the subway station consists of strange items with titles like “Polar Bear’s Last Stand” possibly drilling home the book’s environmental message Or maybe a future Chin project And in a very interesting move the title page of the book is from the boy’s pov You see his hands holding the book before you But if you look a little closer at the page itself the picture presented there isn’t of the boy but of the girl who will come to pick up the book at the end of this tale I wouldn’t have thought it right off the bat but I’ve seen Chin’s work before and maybe you have too Simon Winchester’s children's version of adult book on Krakatoa was published as The Day the World Exploded In that title there were the usual photographs timelines and documents A little less common however were some illustrated portions An elephant running rampant in a hotel room People fleeing for their lives That kind of thing Turns out that Jason Chin was behind those shots Like this book they didn’t necessarily interact directly with the text but they added to the overall reading experience I’m pleased to see him doing the same thing here Books where kids read books about themselves are not unheard of I’m thinking of The Red Book by Barbara Lehmann or any story the pokes a hole or two in the fourth wall What I like so much about this book however is Chin’s easygoing dance between fiction and non fiction He seems at home in this format and the result is an eclectic and exciting book Kids who might never voluntarily pick up a book about trees can find themselves drawn into the “story” from page one Trick ‘em into learning that’s what I say Though it would have been nice to find a small Bibliography or list of sources at the end Redwoods is bound to become a fine fun purchase More memorable than your average tree fare no uestionAges 5 10

  5. Abigail Abigail says:

    A phenomenal picture book blending factual narrative and fantastic adventure Jason Chin's Redwoods follows a young boy as he learns about the astonishing Seuoia sempervirens the tallest living creatures on our planet A straightforward informative text that covers everything from life span coast redwoods can live for 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 textThis 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

  6. Agnė Agnė says:

    35 out of 5Although I personally prefer Jason Chin's illustrations in his later picturebooks eg Island A Story of the Galápagos Grand Canyon or my beloved Water is Water A Book About the Water Cycle Redwoods offers a fine blend of informational text and fantastical engaging playful even metafictive images

  7. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Redwoods by Jason Chin is a sensational children's book that educates children about coastal redwood trees Jason Chin combines fantasy with non fiction which educates children in a fun uncomplicated and enjoyable manner The illustrations are beautiful and there are heaps of facts on redwoods pertaining to size needs life span appearance defenses and importanceThis is a perfect educational book for schools libraries or a home library Parents can enjoy acuiring an education about redwoods right along with their children It concludes with an admirable author's note5

  8. Dianna Dianna says:

    2010 Excellent excellent book I'd love to see nonfiction books in this style Here's the rundown text is typical nonfiction; lots of facts about redwood trees But the illustrations tell a story of a little boy picking up a book and then traveling to a redwood forest in his imagination and climbing around in the trees I loved it

  9. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    I've read a few of Jason Chin's thoughtful and beautifuly illustrated books about appreciating and understanding the natural world Grand Canyon Galapegos Coral Reefs books about water about babies and the growing totality of his work is enough to make you love the world we live in and nudge you to dig deeply into knowing about it I picked this up the other day because of the west coast in late summer 2020 as all the trees are burning there I am a midwesterner who has many times seen the Redwoods and know it is important that the oldest living things on the planet oldest of old growth forests surviving thousands of years are now in this climate disaster in danger of being lost forever in our very life time because of us I took my kids to see them and they liked seeing the book and looking at a map with some sadness and frustration to see where the fires are now

  10. Donalyn Donalyn says:

    A boy discovers the glory of the ancient redwoods when he stumbles across a book about the trees while riding the subway Well researched and beautifully illustrated

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