Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!

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Buddy likes looking at and collecting rocks. Mama suggests they visit the local nature center. They hike the Blue Diamond Trail to five rock stops. They meet Roxie, a Rock Ridge Ranger. Buddy learns lots about bedrock, erosion, and how rocks are formed. He finds out many surprising things about rocks, rocks, rocks!

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Overview

Buddy likes looking at and collecting rocks. Mama suggests they visit the local nature center. They hike the Blue Diamond Trail to five rock stops. They meet Roxie, a Rock Ridge Ranger. Buddy learns lots about bedrock, erosion, and how rocks are formed. He finds out many surprising things about rocks, rocks, rocks!

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When Buddy the bear shows an interest in rocks, Mama takes him on the Rock Trail at the Nature Center, where he learns about types of rocks, how they are formed, and the causes of erosion. Along the way, he plays with a floating rock and makes up several rock-related riddles. The child-friendly text offers plenty of information, illustrated with collages that incorporate colorful origami papers and photos. The book concludes with activities and a list of "Rocky Names," such as Flint, Michigan. Like Shells! Shells! Shells! (2006), this is a nice addition to the picture-book series in which Buddy explores nature
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
As an expository story for younger listeners and beginning readers, the author introduces geology in a delightful way. Collage illustrations of Buddy the bear and his mother include real photographs of different types of rocks for greater text support. Buddy goes to a local nature center that has various trails for participants to learn more about a few ecosystems and rocks. Weather, sediment, water, and other specific conditions form rocks with distinctive characteristics, many of which are shown in the vivid photos. Buddy asks questions along the way while providing sound commentary and several impromptu jokes. Mama helps him sort out the information as they observe displays, natural settings, and trail markers. She guides him through the learning process just as students will be as they visit the Rock Ridge Nature Center and talk with Rangers. In a Rock Box, Buddy is quite surprised to find out that rocks can change. He examines a slate and a blackboard surface that was once a metamorphic rock. Chalk is sedimentary rock from limestone and igneous rocks were once so hot that they melted. Often they come from volcanoes and can be light enough to float! He is excited as one of the Rangers pins a "Rock Star" badge on for him at the end of their visit. As Buddy sorted rocks onto a red table, he recounts how they may have been formed. At the last Rock Stop on the trail, he happily identifies several types of rocks as used in and around a model house. Mama calls him her "little petrologist" as they return home. There are additional activities for youngsters that enhance the rock theme, such as how to start a rock collection, make magnets with rocks, "Rock Sayings," and a list of "RockyNames in Rocky Places." Children and families may want to develop their own trails in the backyard or schoolyard, create other art expressions with a rock collection, and nurture a junior geologist in the process. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Buddy the Bear has appeared in three other books that provide information for young children about shells, leaves and seeds. In this title, Buddy and his mama visit a nearby nature center and walk along the "Blue Diamond Rock Trail." Along the way, signs provide facts that Mama explains to Buddy. He learns that the earth is made of rock known as bedrock, how rocks are formed, and all about the process of erosion. A Ranger named Roxie teaches Buddy about the different kinds of rocks including metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous. At another stop on the trail, a table is piled high with all types of rocks and Buddy counts, sorts and arranges. Found throughout the text are silly, simple jokes that are sure to bring giggles from listeners at story hour or others who are reading independently. More interesting information is found on the last three pages. Included are directions for starting a collection of rocks, making a magnet with a rock as well as place names containing the word rock or stone. The illustrations cleverly combine collage, origami and photos to make the entire book attractive, pleasing and informative. Youngsters will learn from and enjoy this excellent book. It should be added to every collection. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Mama and Buddy Bear from Leaves! Leaves! Leaves ! (Marshall Cavendish, 2003) are back. After a short drive to the Nature Center, they follow the Blue Diamond Trail to learn about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Wallace's text is clear, lively, and fun. "Mama?' 'Yes, Bud.' 'What did the pebble sleep on?' 'What?' 'BEDrock!'" While the origami and cut-paper collage illustrations are attractive, they may be too childish for the text, and the youngsters who would most appreciate them might not understand the complex ideas of erosion and the different layers of rock. Still, the book offers a great deal of information in a few pages, which makes it useful to teachers.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
When Buddy, a budding petrologist, shows his mom a cairn he stacked, she suggests a trip to Rock Ridge Nature Center. There the pair follows the blue diamonds along the rock trail. Readers will learn along with Buddy about bedrock, erosion and the ways in which people use rocks to build and make things. Roxie the park ranger does an excellent job of explaining the three types of rocks and how they are formed, using vocabulary in context. The only piece missing in this otherwise complete overview is some kind of key to identifying the rock types-Buddy sorts rocks according to their physical characteristics, but none are classified. The information is broken up into bite-sized chunks and separated by Buddy's corny jokes-just right for young learners' attention spans. Three pages of rock activities, sayings and place names cap off the text. Wallace's trademark cut-paper artwork is in evidence, this time with the addition of photographs, which lend the rocks real texture. Spot-on for young enthusiasts. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761455288
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 626,247
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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