The Grand Canyon? That nearly 2 billion–year-old, 277-mile-long, and 1-mile-deep “crevice” in northern Arizona? Never heard of it?
Well, grab a hat and backpack and follow an intrepid young hiker as she takes readers from the rim to the canyon floor while pointing out sights in sprightly, two-line rhymes. “The clouds come up, the wind blows in / the shadows fall upon hot skin.” Wolff’s linoleum-block prints colored in gouache meticulously detail native plants and wildlife amid the landscape. Warm tans, oranges, and yellows bring the magnificent canyon to life along with Scanlon’s collegial, nature-guide commentary. The only narrative false note is struck at the ending, which abruptly plucks narrator and readers from the spectacular landscape and plunks them down in the middle of the city. Striking endpapers feature a double-page spread of popular canyon landmarks with a tagged California condor soaring in the foreground. The author’s note and fact-filled glossary keep the story from bogging down while providing relevant historical and scientific information. Internet URLs are included for the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Association, and National Geographic.
Nature lovers of all ages will welcome the easy accessibility of this Grand Canyon tribute. (Picture book. 3-10)