Sunday, February 21, 2010
Changing of the Guard: The Yellowstone Chronicles by Ted Rechlin
Pub. Date: December 2009
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Format: Paperback, 38pp
Cover price: $22.95
Merging past and present, Changing of the Guard: The Yellowstone Chronicles tells the story of the daily life of the wild inhabitants of Yellowstone National Park, both seventy million years ago and today. Told in documentary style, Ted Rechlin's wonderful book is full of vivid illustrations depicting Yellowstone as you have never seen it before. Discover the story of the dinosaurs continues every day in the lives of the great mammals that roam the park today. Changing of the Guard beautifully depicts Bison and Triceratops side by side, Wolves and Raptors shoulder to shoulder, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex and the imposing Grizzly Bear alongside one another. Rechlin's detailed illustrations are a treat for the eyes and will captivate audiences of all ages. Changing of the Guard: The Yellowstone Chronicles is a truly unique experience for the reader. This children's book is a must for fans, the world over, of dinosaurs, wildlife, and wild places.
I have an almost seven year old who loves dinosaurs! Every week he brings home two more books from his school library about dinosaurs so I thought this book would be perfect to share with him. I really liked how Rechlin put the animals that live in Yellowstone today right next to the ones who were living in that area 70 million years ago. Each animal has their statistics next to them giving their size and weight. Even though a lot of facts were included it was still interesting to read and very easy to get into. I haven't shared it with my son yet, I did the first read through on my own, but I am very excited to share it with him tomorrow when we read together. One thing I thought would have been helpful would be to have the pronunciation for the names listed along with the facts. From having read so many dinosaur books aloud I have to say that some of them have names can be tricky and I hate finding out that I've been mispronouncing a name. That said, most of the dinosaurs in this book are ones I've read about before and I already knew how to pronounce, it was just something I noticed as I was reading through.
The illustrations added to the story for me. I liked how the ground squirrel and the purgatorius were present for most of the story going about their daily task of finding food for themselves and their babies. It showed how so many things are going on at any given moment. I am ashamed to mention that I didn't know that both coyotes and wolves live in Yellowstone. I knew about the wolves but never considered coyotes. At one time we lived in Nevada and we saw coyotes on more than one occasion. Yellowstone sounds like such a great place to visit. At some point I would like to visit. Seeing national parks really brings nature into focus, I remember seeing the Grand Canyon and being really struck by how quiet it is as well as obviously being quite huge. Pictures just don't show it the way it is in person and I have a feeling Yellowstone is the same way.
I received this book from the author through an annoucement posted by Bostick Communications. The book was received for review purposes.
About the author from his web site http://www.tedrechlinart.com:
Ted Rechlin is a successful illustrator and a highly sought after illustration instructor.
Ted has built up a portfolio in many different fields of art and illustration. He works professionally in comic books, trading cards, t-shirt design, tattoo design, graphic design and logo work, and picture and children's book illustration