Canyon

Overview

Water falls softly
In cold snow crystals
Onto the mountaintop...

So begins Eileen Cameron's poetic rendering of a canyon's creation. Cameron captures millions of years of geology in 38 thrilling lines as she follows the water's journey down from the mountaintop, gaining power and strength with each mile. "Drops that trickle through crannies", become a stream that "cascades ...

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Overview

Water falls softly
In cold snow crystals
Onto the mountaintop...

So begins Eileen Cameron's poetic rendering of a canyon's creation. Cameron captures millions of years of geology in 38 thrilling lines as she follows the water's journey down from the mountaintop, gaining power and strength with each mile. "Drops that trickle through crannies", become a stream that "cascades through the rocks" and then a river that "crashes through boulders ... digging the river bed, steepening the cliffs." And the canyon is born.

Michael Collier's stunning photographs of the creeks, streams, waterfalls, rivers, grottos and canyons of the Colorado evoke the lyrical beauty and raw power of the canyon and the forces that create it.

Through their art, Cameron and Collier have conveyed to the young reader a feeling of awe and wonder for one of nature's most spectacular creations.

A poetic examination of the natural forces that create a canyon.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Elegantly written... Cameron's simple, poetic, evocative thoughts are completely in tune with the Grand Canyon's timeless splendor. A wondrous picture book for young folks with stunning photographs sure to cause readers of all ages to sit up and take notice. Canyon is very highly recommended.
Canadian Materials - Gail Hamilton
Breathtaking, stunning, awe-inspiring — these are just a few of the words which can be used to describe the photographs in Cameron's debut children's book.
Children's Bookwatch
Elegantly written by Eileen Cameron, Canyon is an especially beautiful picture book for young beginning readers ... Very highly recommended for both school and community library picture book collections.
Library Talk - D. Crockett
The photographs are breathtaking ... Highly Recommended.
Whitehorse Star - Dan Davidson
We don't tend to think of geology and poetry in the same breath, but "Canyon" is a book which might make us change our minds.
Gail Hamilton
Breathtaking, stunning, awe-inspiring -- these are just a few of the words which can be used to describe the photographs in Cameron's debut children's book.
Canadian Materials
Children's Literature
Breathtaking, full-page photographs by Michael Collier are enhanced by the poetic narrative on every other page in this beautiful look at this amazing landform. The story of a canyon's creation is revealed, from the beginning of the water's journey down the mountains as it moves in trickles, aided by rain and storms. The cascading water crashes and carves its way downward, encouraged on its way by wind and gravity, all the while sculpting and shaping. The thirteen striking photos taken along the Colorado River are clearly identified and accompanied by a regional map that shows details of the river and canyons. This book is a visual treat and Cameron's narrative is the icing on the cake. This is a good addition to any home or primary classroom library. 2002, Mikaya Press,
— Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-Poetic text and stunning color photographs combine to form a lyrical and visual essay on water's journey from the sky, down the mountains, in the rivers, and finally forming a canyon. The first spread sets the majestic tone with the words "Water falls softly in cold snow crystals onto the mountaintop" and a breathtaking view of La Plata Mountains. (The geographic landmarks are identified at the end of the book.) The photographic composition of other spreads each artistically depicts one eloquent word-"sculpts," "forms," "shapes." This is a title for reading aloud to inspire an appreciation for the grandeur of nature.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931414036
  • Publisher: Mikaya Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Canyon comes out of Eileen Cameron's love for the canyon lands of America's west, which she has hiked and explored extensively. An ardent preservationist, she has worked to conserve both our natural and historical resources. Canyon is Eileen Cameron's first book for children.

Geologist, pilot, photographer and writer, Michael Collier has published books on the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Capitol Reef and Denali. He is a special projects writer for the U.S. Geological Survey and was the recipient of their Shoemaker Communication Award in 1997. In 2000, he received the National Park Service's Director's Award. Michael Collier lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he also works as a family physician. Canyon is his first children's book.

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