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On this spot : an expedition back through time
Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Greenwillow Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
The changing image of one geographic area in New York City is traced from the present back to millions of years ago.
Reading Level:
K up.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 4.6 0.5.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 75660.
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F128.33 .G66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F128.33 .G66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F128.33 .G66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F128.33 .G66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F128.33 .G66 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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On This Spot...

See buildings soar and traffic zoom, a kaleidoscope of color and movement. Now turn the page and time-travel back 175 years, where on the same spot carriages bumped and pigs raced across cobblestones. Turn again and go back 400 years to when a Lenape Indian trail crossed the spot. Now travel farther still, to when glaciers crept . . . dinosaurs preyed . . . a tropical sea teemed with ancient creatures . . . back 540 million years, when rock was all you could see.

What happened on this spot?What will happen next?Look out your window. What happened on that spot?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This picture book is a great way to introduce the sweep of history and the drama of geological change. Exciting words and double-page artwork celebrate New York City now. Turn the pages and there's always surprise: 350 years ago fewer than 1,500 people lived in what was then called New Amsterdam, but 18 different languages echoed through the streets; 400 years ago, the Lenapes hunted on a trail that later became a street named Broadway. Then the leaps back in time become huge--190 million years, to the age of the dinosaurs; then to cataclysmic geological upheavals, including volcanoes, mountains, oceans; and finally, only rock. Christiansen's pastel illustrations, enhanced with dramatic computer images, are clear and informative, though sometimes too cute (a smiling woolly mammoth), but the text does make complex information immediate for children, who will learn some amazing facts. A good choice for science and social studies classes. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

New titles examine different aspects of history and progress. Readers travel back over 500 million years in On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time by Susan Goodman, illus. by Lee Christiansen. Beginning on the streets of modern Manhattan, the book takes readers through the island's history, first a few centuries at a time, then across million-year leaps through the Ice Age and the dinosaurs' reign, to a time before sentient life existed. Full-bleed pastel spreads chart the significant changes in habitation and landscape across the millennia. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This fascinating book takes readers from present-day New York City back through 540 million years. A look at contemporary Manhattan occupies the first spread, followed by glimpses of the region and the people who lived there 175, 350, and 400 years ago. The focus then moves back to the Ice Age, the time of the dinosaurs, and eventually to the beginning of the Paleozoic Era, when the area "looked a lot like the surface of our moon." After discussing how the earth and people's lives change over time, Goodman raises the question of what the Moon will look like in 100 years (the illustration shows a city there). Like Bruce Hiscock's The Big Rock (Atheneum, 1988), which traces the geological history of a granite boulder near the Adirondack Mountains, On This Spotprovides an intriguing overview of the planet's history. By focusing on one place during different eras, the author makes it easier for children to grasp the concept of gradual changes in geology, landscape, and population. She uses vivid details to make the information accessible (e.g., "These glaciers...would have buried today's tallest buildings"). Christiansen's colorful pastel illustrations highlight the elements described in the text and paint a vivid picture of the past. A rich and interesting trip through time.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.