A book about the rock art found on the canyon walls of the Coso Range, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. The art is more than 3,000 years old and was made by Native Americans who lived and hunted in the area at the time.
About the Author
Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension. For more information visit www.carolinearnoldbooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this nonfiction book, Arnold describes some of the over 100,000 examples of petroglyphs (some possibly up to 18,000 years old!) which were made in the Coso Range which is located about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the northern Mojave Desert. Some of the animals depicted in the rock pictures include bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions, coyotes, lizards, tortoises, and quail. Many of the petroglyphs also depict hunters and weapons. Besides being interested in the age of the rock pictures, and how the petroglyphs were made, students may also be intrigued by the mystery behind the glyphs. The author explains how we do not know who made the first glyphs. According to Shoshone people in the 1800s, the rock pictures had been made by "old ones" who lived in the area long ago. Many people believe the rock-art sites were thought to be places with special power and were created as part of religious rituals. The author ends her book with a list where the interested reader can see ancient rock art in the United States (four locations in California), a glossary, and an index. The photographs by Richard Hewett add a lot to the text and children may enjoy looking for the rock images which are being described in the text.