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Galápagos Islands: The World's Living Laboratory


with illustrations by Amy Grimes

Welcome to the Galapágos Islands, a pristine archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, where locals and visiting scientists work among giant tortoises, salt-snorting iguanas, diving penguins, and erupting volcanoes. They are looking for just the right balance between humans and nature to lead the world to a sustainable future.

Far off the coast of Ecuador lies a group of volcanic islands unlike any other. Home to species as diverse as giant tortoises, salt-snorting marine iguanas, and the birds that made Charles Darwin famous, the Galapágos are a living laboratory for scientists working on the most urgent problem of our times: How can humans exist in harmony with nature on the only planet we are ever likely to have? Karen Romano Young, author of Antarctica: The Melting Continent, again takes to the field, visiting the archipelago to observe its environments first-hand and to interview the people who are lighting the way for the rest of us. Illustrator Amy Grimes brings Karen’s experience into vivid visual life for those of us who haven’t been there – yet.

• Presents STEM/STEAM topics through an engaging, first-hand narrative

• Conveys urgent environmental messages as readers discover how scientists are studying the continent

• Tours Galápagos animal life and ecosystems -- from marine iguanas to Darwin finches 

• Demonstrates the challenges faced by Galápageños, and shows what's going on with kids. 

Amy Grimes is a Bristol based illustrator who graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2014 with a first in Illustration.Particularly inspired by nature and the natural patterns found there, Amy’s bright and bold illustrations feature botanical motifs and leafy landscapes. Amy’s work is all drawn by hand on an ipad, with a variety of hand-painted textures scanned and added digitally afterwards, to create a digital collage. 


              UK School Reading List Book of the Month, June 2024 


June 4, 2024

Watch the Galápagos trailer! 

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