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Rocks and Minerals

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Overview

Visual field guides for the young explorer

Each Eyewitness Explorer is a feast of things to learn and projects to try. A colorful combination of photography and illustration is backed by clear explanatory text that makes new worlds of knowledge available for young readers. Beginning outdoor adventurers will find plenty of things to make or do, such as building a butterfly kite or recording the sights at the seashore. These field guides also teach children to respect the natural world as they play and learn.

Discusses the differences between rocks and minerals, their formation and composition, how they are mined, how they are used now, and how they may be used in the future.

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Children's Literature
A gem-splattered border frames the cover of this book as well as every two-page section inside. As a part of the series "Science Files," which showcases materials used in every day life, this book recounts information of where rocks and minerals come from, how they are mined and processed, and what they are used for. A concise introduction gets the reader thinking by telling what people did with rocks over a million years ago. Then comes a section defining rocks and minerals and another about "The Rock Cycle," which gives the reader the go ahead to delve further into the book. The mining process and the production of bricks, blocks, cement and concrete come across clearly with flashy photos, crosscut and step-by-step illustrations. Young engineers longing to know how things work or how they are made will reap plenty of entertainment from this book. The explanation about high-tech uses of minerals is impressive. Ecology is emphasized, as it is with all the books from the series. A chart about the three main types of rocks and their uses follows the body of text. A glossary, resource books and web sites, and an index complete the book.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This slim book has good introductory information about rocks. It gives some pointers about making and recording observations about rocks and minerals, and it also includes a few activities such a creating your own rock collection, growing a crystal, and making a volcano. It is small enough to be tucked in a backpack or carry-on bag, which makes it a wonderful choice to take on a trip or vacation, especially if the focus is rock hunting, spelunking or a nature walk. The directions for the experiments are not given in great detail, but with the illustrations, kids should be able to carry them out. Part of the "Eyewitness Explorers" series. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This backpack-sized (6- x 8-inch) "Eyewitness Explorer" includes added activities for collecting and examining properties of rocks and minerals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756631321
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Series: Eyewitness Experts Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 11.54 (h) x 2.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008

    Great box set but the listing of items contained in the set is not correct!

    The books, posters, profile cards and maps are fantastic - lots of info and beautiful photos and illustrations. The Expert Files is like a journal for rock hunters - very hands on. Some of the items listed in the Overview ARE NOT included with the set. The Overview states: ¿The kit includes some real, semiprecious stones to study with the enclosed magnifying glass and tweezers.¿ The kit has no real stones, no magnifying glass and no tweezers. I feel the set is still a good value though for all the other items are top-notch.

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