"Dreaming of California" tells the story of Pandora the Pelican, who does not want to go to sleep. But when she does doze off, she dreams that she can travel back in time. Pandora goes on exciting journeys and sees ancient sea creatures, saber-toothed cats, giant sloths, and Native Americans. Each of Pandora’s adventures is based on real events that occurred in California.
Includes a "Did you know?" section at the end of the book that has more details on the history of each place Pandora visited.
About the Author / Illustrator:
Grant Collier has been working as a photographer
and writer since 1996 and is the author of 15 books.
Grant spent many months photographing in
California to capture the images for this book. He
also traveled to the crystal-clear waters of Aitutaki
lagoon to shoot the over/under water scenes. If he
couldn’t get the image he needed, Grant used a
tablet to draw parts of the landscape, including
trees, light beams, and a kelp forest.
Stephanie Lowman has been sketching and painting
for over thirty years. Bringing to life past and
present scenes from California was one of her most
challenging projects. Stephanie studied fossils of
prehistoric creatures and compared them to fossils of
living animals to learn how they might have looked.
She then spent countless hours drawing all of the
animals and people line-by-line.