Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder

Grand Canyon: Exploring a Natural Wonder

by Wendell Minor
     
 

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Wendell Minor, inspired by the paintings of early American artist-explorers, set up his easel on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and recorded his visit in watercolors. With majestic art and inviting text, Minor's book captures the grandeur of the canyon for readers of all ages. Full color.  See more details below

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Wendell Minor, inspired by the paintings of early American artist-explorers, set up his easel on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and recorded his visit in watercolors. With majestic art and inviting text, Minor's book captures the grandeur of the canyon for readers of all ages. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In what Minor (Everglades; Red Fox Running) calls a "visual diary" of a 12-day sojourn, he retraces the steps of 19th-century artist-explorer Thomas Moran to capture the Grand Canyon in "on-the-spot sketches." At first glance, the reader may see little more than a closely associated but undifferentiated collection of watercolor studies. Paradoxically, it is the text that breathes life into the art. Minor writes of massive silence and constantly changing shadows, of the "rush of wind" over his head and the thunder echoing among canyon walls, of a scale so large that it distorts perceptions. Most particularly, he writes of the intimacies within the grandness: a bee fly "hovers like a small helicopter" and takes a drink from the artist's paint water; the once-raging Colorado River "seems to meander past like a lazy snake on a very cool morning." But while Minor's artistic vision is clearly defined, its very personal expression may invite a kindred response only from adult readers. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
While most visitors spend only 3 to 4 hours at the Grand Canyon, Wendell Minor devoted a total of 12 days to exploring, sketching and painting this natural wonder. The result is this attractive picture book in which each page of conversational text is accompanied by a large watercolor of an often panoramic scene on the opposite page, and a small painting or sketch of a smaller part of nature (such as a bee or ground squirrel) sharing the text-filled page. The book may inspire kids to take a closer look at nature and to try to draw or paint what they observe.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Following in the footsteps of artist Thomas Moran (1837-1926), whose luminous watercolors and studio oils helped convince Congress to preserve the Grand Canyon as a National Park in 1919, Minor--paintbox, sketch pads, and pencils in hand--records his own awareness of a genuinely splendid place. From his arrival on May 2nd, 1997, to his departure on May 14th, the artist describes scenery and emotions in a lyrical text and with the swift delicacy of an accomplished outdoor watercolorist. Readers see his paintings with their eyes and also picture in their minds the vastness of the Colorado River "...meander[ing] past like a lazy snake on a very cool morning...," and the poignant opportunism of a bee fly as "...He hovers like a small helicopter at the edge of my paint water jar and takes a drink." Determined report writers can glean snippets of data here, but stark data is not what this book is about. Like Virginia Wright-Frierson's A Desert Scrapbook: Dawn to Dusk in the Sonora Desert (S & S, 1996), this polished work enables youngsters to see a much-photographed natural wonder through the admiring, philosophical mind and the swift, careful fingers of an artist, a view as impressive as the subject of the book itself.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The fruit of a 12-day visit to the Grand Canyon, Minor goes solo in this departure from his usual meticulously detailed art for an album of watercolor sketches. The art is accompanied by brief, ruminative observations on wildflowers, sudden storms, the visits of 19th-century painter Thomas Moran and explorer John Wesley Powell, rock formations, and other topics. Studies of light and shadow, rocks and trees, form and, occasionally, color, the scenes fill the page; opposite each is a smaller vignette or quickly sketched animal portrait. Less a systematic tour of the Grand Canyon than a visual and verbal appreciation of its large- scale and small-scale beauties, this will delight young armchair travelers and naturalists. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439192781
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/29/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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