Text and photographs introduce rocks and some of their sizes, shapes, and uses.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotRocks which are minerals (usually a combination of elements) are all over the earth, and they can vary in size from pebbles to boulders. These rocks have a variety of textures and colors. People use rocks in many ways, but one of the most recognizable is as building material. Granite, slate, marble, and concrete can be found in many home and other buildings. Marble is a rock that is often used to carve beautiful statues and, while not noted in the book, was prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Geologists learn about the earth by studying rocks, and details about their work could be a follow-on lesson, because the glossary limits the definition and role of geologists. While the role of geologist is to study rocks and thus Earth's history, they also use their findings to locate gas and oil as well as precious and other minerals. The closing pages contain a glossary, two additional books to read, and a reference to FactHound to learn more at various Internet sites. There is an index, information useful to reading teachers, and another note at the front of the book that states, "The Nature Basics set supports National Science Standards related to earth and life science." Excellent photographs and illustrations and a clear writing style make this an attractive early reader. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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