Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Redwoods by Jason Chin

Redwoods is a non-fiction picture book that follows a young boy as he reads a book about redwood trees. Well, that’s what the pictures do – the text is entirely about redwoods, their history and their scientific nature. As the boy gets deeper into the book, his world starts to transform into the one that he’s reading about. There’s a lot to look at in the pictures, which are colourful and detailed and really worth pouring over. It makes a great jumping-off place for the meta-ness of reading a book about a boy reading a book (that same book? It looks like he is on the cover of the book in the book, just like the…book). I'm always sort of sad that a book like this isn't shelved with other great picture books, and I hope that people discover it in the non-fiction section.

Find it at Amazon.

Read it with:
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

1 comment:

  1. I love non-fiction picture books. I agree they would get read more if they were shelved differently. This sounds like it would be a great book to read with upper elementary classrooms even in a science class to kick off a unit on habitats, etc.