Diverse voices from the past, present, and future bring to life the importance of this tiny island chain on both a local and global level.
Just off the California coast lies an island chain often shrouded in fog and mystery. It is home to tiny island foxes found nowhere else on the planet, gigantic blue whales with hearts the size of cars, and towering underwater forests of kelp with more tenants than a skyscraper. Add to that ancient redwood canoe builders, land-hungry Spanish explorers, curious scientists, and enterprising urchin divers in search of a new type of gold. Heck with dragons. Here there be wonder. Welcome to the Channel Islands.
Island Visions is a tome of knowledge and tales from these finned, flippered, and footed sages. Diverse voices from the past, present, and future bring to life the importance of this tiny island chain on both a local and global level. Home to humans for over 10,000 years, the Channel Islands now serve as a model for how we can protect and conserve the most vulnerable spaces on our planet. Throw on your flippers, turn the page, and dive in.
Science Instructional Support Specialist, Santa Barbara Unified School District
“An AMAZING book on the Channel Islands. This book is quite extraordinary; part reference, part art - it covers all that I've ever learned about the Channel Islands in terms of science (geology, archeology, biology), natural and human history... and there are fantastic illustrations, cartoons, and poems.”
AP English Teacher, South Coast Writing Project Fellow
“I'm utterly convinced that this project has the capacity to enrich the lives and perspectives of those who read and "interact" with the other aspects of this set of ideas. The artwork has a playful and intricate style - I think it works tremendously well for young and old people alike, because it doesn't try and simplify difficult notions: geology, geography, history, etc. The spatial organization of the images and texts works brilliantly. ”