Great Illustrated Books


By Jason Chin

Flash Point, 2009
Pages : 40
Suggested Ages: 6-9
ISBN: 1596434309

On his bench in the 14th Street Station of the New York City Subway, a dark-haired young boy spots a book called Redwoods. (Intriguingly, the cover of the book he finds appears to be the same as the actual book,Redwoods, with the selfsame boy on the cover. Odd.) He picks it up and starts to read. As the boy heads for the just-arrived F train, he reads, "The coast redwoods are among the oldest trees in the world." Sitting on the bench in the subway car, he reads, "Their ancestors lived about 165 million years ago, during the Jurassic period." Behind him, out the window, you will note the three long-necked dinosaurs, one of which seems to be peering in the car. As he becomes literally immersed in the book, everything appears to come to life around him. Reading that there are trees alive today that have been around since the Roman Empire, he doesn't seem to notice the two men, one in a toga and one in full Roman armor, flanking his seat. He emerges from the subway and looks up in amazement: there are massive redwoods everywhere instead of city streets. He's sure not in Manhattan anymore.

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Critics have said

This inventive story will charm and educate readers and send their imaginations soaring.
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