Destination: Rocky Mountains

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From the lush foothills to snowcapped summits, children join Jonathan Grupper on a thrilling climb in the Rocky Mountains, exploring this magnificent ecosystem by raft, by four-wheel drive, and on foot, equipped with ice ax. Spectacular color photos and an engaging, you-are-there format bring young readers eye-to-eye with fascinating wildlife at every stage of the ascent.
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Overview

From the lush foothills to snowcapped summits, children join Jonathan Grupper on a thrilling climb in the Rocky Mountains, exploring this magnificent ecosystem by raft, by four-wheel drive, and on foot, equipped with ice ax. Spectacular color photos and an engaging, you-are-there format bring young readers eye-to-eye with fascinating wildlife at every stage of the ascent.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains are celebrated in the remarkable full- color pictures of scenes and animals common to this high country. The first view is from the air, as seen by an eagle with outstretched wings. The point of view of the text pulls the reader into the adventure of exploring the mountains. A ride in a four-wheel vehicle offers a look at pronghorn and sage grouse. After donning climbing boots, the reader observes bison, coyotes, wolves, beaver, mountain lions, grizzlies, ptarmigans, pikas, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Attention is called to the changing vegetation on the way up, mentioning that habitats change quickly, thus supporting a wide variety of plant and animal life. A Note from the National Geographic Society in the back provides further factual information. 2001, National Geographic Society, $16.95. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Glorious, sharp full-color photographs of wildlife and scenery fill the pages of this gorgeous book. By carefully combining the illustrations and the text, Grupper conveys a real feeling for the vastness, variety, and richness of the Rocky Mountains. In a chatty, conversational narrative, he takes readers on a trip by four-wheel drive vehicle, white-water raft, and a high-country hike and mountain-climbing expedition to see bears, beavers, and birds. Along the way, he sandwiches in information about everything from a pronghorn (the fastest animal on four legs in all of North America) to a male sage grouse to the bison. The book is perfect as a springboard for discussion of habitat or to help students decide which animal they want to study for a longer report. It could also be incorporated into a storytime.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Climbing the Rocky Mountains, from foothills to summit, naturalist Grupper (Destination: Deep Sea, not reviewed, etc.) takes the reader along on his adventure introducing some of the wildlife and plants that live and thrive at the different levels of the ancient mountains. Lavish full-color photographs in characteristic National Geographic style embellish every page with broad sweeps of the changing landscape and close-up details of plants and animals, including bison, mountain goats, grouse, beavers, wolves, bear, pika, and more. While photographs are arresting, it may be difficult for the reader to connect the first-person text by the unseen narrator with the photographs. For example, Grupper states at 6,000 feet: "You're climbing again, but this time to the top of a cottonwood tree. Behind the cover of leaves you can hide on a makeshift wooden platform, called a blind. In the valley below, the bison gather around the calf to protect her. A pack of hungry coyotes have slipped within the herd." But what the reader sees is a double-paged close-up photograph of a pair of coyotes panting as they race through the dew-sparkled grass. Two pages later, at 7,000 feet, the reader is aboard a whitewater raft crashing into rapids and examining a beaver pond. From base to summit in 32 dizzying pages. The author concludes with a map of the Rocky Mountains, an afterword about their formation, microclimates, and the need to conserve the wildness. Beautiful and exciting—but hard to follow. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792277224
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Destination Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Jonathan Grupper’s interest in the natural world has fueled the more than 50 films he has written and the two children’s television series he has produced for National Geographic. Grupper and his wife, Cathlin, live with their children, Madeline and Jesse, in the wilds of New Jersey.
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