Books by Lynne Born Myers

GÁLAPAGOS by Lynne Born Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Subtitled ``Islands of Change,'' this highly readable introduction to the Gal†pagos Islands and the unique plants and animals found there is enhanced by vivid full-color photographs. The book describes the volcanic forces that formed and continue to change the land masses that make up this chain of small islands; the Myerses speculate as to how the plants and animals came to inhabit these isolated islands, and how finches, tortoises, and sunflowers continue to evolve as they adapt to changing conditions. Farb's pictures both astonish and add clarity to the discussion. Well done. (map, diagrams, glossary) (Nonfiction 10-14) Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

Kenchendai, a young Iban of Borneo, has turned his back on his people's traditional teachings. When the boy's father refuses to take his grandfather to a clinic after he has been gored by a wild boar, the old man dies and Kenchandai's rejection of the death rituals provokes the wrath of his father, who—as a result of a dream—travels to the ``doors of death'' deep in the rain forest. Despite his contempt for the old ways, Kenchendai is compelled to follow. He chooses his teacher as traveling companion, but quickly grows disillusioned with the man's flagrant disrespect for the life of the forest. Confronting his fear of both the spirits and starvation, the boy learns to survive in the wild alone. In striking prose, the authors evoke the lush atmosphere of the rain forest while exploring the boy's growing recognition of his true identity; by embracing his birthright, Kenchendai safeguards his people through another generation, both symbolically and literally. Though some readers may be confused by the way the real and spirit worlds shift and shift again in this primeval tale of passage, it offers fascinating insights into a little-known culture. (Fiction. 10-14) Read full book review >
McCREPHY'S FIELD by Christopher A. Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

After 24-year-old Joe McCrephy leaves his Ohio cornfield to go to Wyoming, nature takes over: weeds and field flowers replace the corn, attracting birds; then young trees begin to grow, providing cover for a different range of wildflowers and creatures. In time, a full-grown forest shelters deer and other woodland creatures for Joe to wonder at when he finally returns as an old man. The simple text, admirably species-specific, is much extended in Chartier's lovely watercolors, where landscapes and most flora are rendered impressionistically but the animals are carefully observed and precisely delineated. An unusually appealing look at change; try pairing it with the reverse approach, like Burton's The Little House (1942) or Baker's Window (p. 315). (Picture book. 4-10)*justify no* Read full book review >