The Grand Canyon (Wonders of America Series)
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The Grand Canyon (Wonders of America Series)

by Marion Dane Bauer, John Wallace

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It all started with water. But how did one river make such a deep canyon? Read on and find out.


It all started with water. But how did one river make such a deep canyon? Read on and find out.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
How was this geographic marvel formed? Author Bauer explains how water and plate tectonics combined to make such a deep canyon. She also tells readers that more than 5 million people a year visit the Grand Canyon and that some ride the river in rafts, while others take mule trips and some (like me) just gaze at the glorious sight from the rim. The illustrations give a sense of the size and the area around the Grand Canyon. Having visited the Canyon recently it is hard for these watercolors to do justice to one of America's true marvels. The closing page in this "Wonders of America" series book presents a half a dozen interesting facts about the Canyon, one of which names the types of rocks found there—limestone, sandstone, and shale. Part of the "Ready-to-Read" series—a level one book which is aimed at kids starting to read.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Bauer uses simple sentences and repeated words and phrases to help beginning readers learn about how the Grand Canyon got so grand. A quick introduction to the geology and formation of this natural wonder is followed by a look at what people can do and see while visiting the area. Additional facts are appended. Wallace's watercolor-and-pencil cartoon illustrations are warm and inviting, showing children exploring and enjoying the region. Like the text, the pictures and diagrams convey information without getting too specific or detailed, helping youngsters to understand rudimentary geological concepts. This title will be popular with newly confident readers interested in the Grand Canyon and with families planning summer travel.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Wonders of America Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at

John Wallace’s formal training was not in illustration, but rather theology, which he received at Cambridge University. However, he always loved drawing, and one of his early jobs was as a newspaper cartoonist. In his children’s books illustrations, John is particularly inspired by what he calls “the gooniness” of young school children. John and his family divide their time between Brighton, England, and Long Island, New York.

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