Show Me Rocks and Minerals: My First Picture Encyclopedia


From molten lava to glittering crystals, there's so much to learn about rocks and minerals. Show Me Rocks and Minerals has more than 100 facts and definitions about these amazing substances.

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From molten lava to glittering crystals, there's so much to learn about rocks and minerals. Show Me Rocks and Minerals has more than 100 facts and definitions about these amazing substances.

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Rocks are the building blocks of the planet Earth, from its hot core to the crust that forms its surface. But instead of just one type of rock, there are three general types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Within these three types there are rocks of many shapes, colors and other special properties geologists use to identify them. Author Wooster walks young readers through the basics of rocks and minerals in this brightly illustrated title in the “My First Picture Encyclopedia” series. From the physical properties of rocks, including tenacity and luminescence, to careers for people who want to study or work with rocks, this nonfiction book will inspire students to become rock hounds. The bulk of the book is spent describing how the three different types of rocks are made and giving appealing examples of each. An editor’s note to parents, teachers and librarians indicates the book is designed to provide an early introduction to reference materials. All books in the series include a table of contents and a page with additional resources. The publisher’s targeted audience, students in preschool to second grade, seems ambitious, given the vocabulary and level of comprehension required to make a sensible whole from so many unique entries. For example, the definition of mineral reads: “nonliving material that occurs naturally; minerals are grouped by the materials in them, such as carbon and aluminum.” Children may enjoy browsing through the book, but those accustomed to a narrative will need guidance to understand how to use it as a reference book. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476501161
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: NC730L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Patricia Wooster graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Creative Writing and has written several children's nonfiction books. She lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and two boys, Max and Jack.
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