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In My Own Backyard
     

In My Own Backyard

by Judi Kurjian, David R. Wagner (Illustrator)
 

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One morning a child gazes through a bedroom window and watches as amazing things happen. The backyard is transformed to reveal what lived there hundreds, thousands, and millions of years ago.

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One morning a child gazes through a bedroom window and watches as amazing things happen. The backyard is transformed to reveal what lived there hundreds, thousands, and millions of years ago.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Geologic time collapses into a single morning when a youngster peers through a bedroom window and wonders ``how many people had stood where I was, looking at this very same place.'' Suddenly, the quiet landscape of garden, brook and mountain reverses its usual forward course toward noon and turns backward in time. A succession of scenes--showing, variously, people cutting hay with scythes; a sawmill and oxen teams; settlers; Native Americans celebrating a harvest--carry the reader deep into history. As the time trip gathers speed, the boy sees glaciers, dinosaurs, dense steamy air, swamps swelling into oceans and ``a beach with hissing sulphur springs.'' Wagner's historically accurate oil paintings add to Kurjian's enthusiastic text an otherworldly mood which, along with the author's attention to details, awakens the reader to the awe of geologic time. Included is a time line presenting recent history (everything since the woolly mammoth) as a tiny fragment, and matching the names of epochs, periods and eras to the scenes depicted in the book. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881064445
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
706,219
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Judi Kurjian has always been fascinated with the idea of discovering clues about the past in the rocks under her feet. She majored in geography at Barnard College of Columbia University and has since continued in her readings on geology, history, archaeology, anthropology, and the glacial history of the earth.

Judi has worked for the Geological Society of America and the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University. Her first book, IN MY OWN BACKYARD, uses informative text and illustrations to explain the history of the earth to children.

Judi lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.

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