On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time

On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688169138
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/30/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 746,818
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Susan E. Goodman is the author of many acclaimed nonfiction books for children, including On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time, which was a Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2004. Her book The Truth About Poop was named Best of the Best by the Chicago Public Library, and Skyscraper was a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2004 and a Book Links Lasting Connection.

Lee Christiansen illustrated Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz. School Library Journal called the illustrations "breathtaking" while Kirkus Reviews noted the "vivid artwork complements the elegant text, often extending it with additional details." Water Hole Waiting was named a School Library Journal Best Book and a National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book.

Lee Christiansen lives in Red Lodge, Montana, with his wife and sons.

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On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
abbrown1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome, fun book for children. On every page spread,it illustrates what the city of New York was in different eras. This is an informational text that has all the whimsy and color of a fiction text. Also, because the text gives very base information as to "what happened on this spot" years ago, it lives much to a child's imagination. As a social studies text I believe a lot can be derived from the pictures as well as from the words. I believe it may be a good text to use in upper grades and have them deconstruct the meanings. Issues of diversity in people are not explored much in the text because much of it focuses on times before animals. I think it makes a great exploratory text for beginning discussion in eras in social studies.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about what was where New York City is now ten, twenty, hundreds, thousands, and millions of years ago. It travels back in time through history to show what came before all of what you see today. It show the days where there was no electricity, American Indians and pioneers, the ice age, dinosaurs, and even what life was like before dinosaurs. This book would be a good book for a curious young person that likes science or would just like to go back through time and see what life was like on earth.