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Rocks & Minerals Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-09-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062289187
LANGUAGE:English

" Only a true rock and mineral enthusiast would read this for pleasure. However, it would be perfect on a white board tray with other nonfiction books for students how have idle time. Great pictures, as always in Simon books. " said.

"Seymour Simon, the “Dean of Children’s Science Writers” (NYT) revisits rocks and minerals. (He last visited this topic in “The Rock-Hound’s Book”, Viking, c1973).

Using a large oversize format, he gives a simple overview of the structure of Earth, what minerals are, properties of minerals, ways to group rocks (by color, hardness, how used by people, and by how they are formed). Full color stock photos are used to illustrate points – unfortunately with varying success. There are many beautiful photos of minerals that are never mentioned in the text. Page 6 includes a photo an amethyst; there is no mention of amethysts on the double page spread, rather the general term crystals is referred. Page 13 shows nine different rocks, of which several are never referred to in the book. More about the photo of geologists on p.40 is never mentioned anywhere in the text.

While not perfect, the text provides an excellent introduction to rock collecting. This extraordinary book is recommended for grades 3-6.
" said.

" Only a true rock and mineral enthusiast would read this for pleasure. However, it would be perfect on a white board tray with other nonfiction books for students how have idle time. Great pictures, as always in Simon books. " said.

"Seymour Simon, the “Dean of Children’s Science Writers” (NYT) revisits rocks and minerals. (He last visited this topic in “The Rock-Hound’s Book”, Viking, c1973).

Using a large oversize format, he gives a simple overview of the structure of Earth, what minerals are, properties of minerals, ways to group rocks (by color, hardness, how used by people, and by how they are formed). Full color stock photos are used to illustrate points – unfortunately with varying success. There are many beautiful photos of minerals that are never mentioned in the text. Page 6 includes a photo an amethyst; there is no mention of amethysts on the double page spread, rather the general term crystals is referred. Page 13 shows nine different rocks, of which several are never referred to in the book. More about the photo of geologists on p.40 is never mentioned anywhere in the text.

While not perfect, the text provides an excellent introduction to rock collecting. This extraordinary book is recommended for grades 3-6.
" said.

" Only a true rock and mineral enthusiast would read this for pleasure. However, it would be perfect on a white board tray with other nonfiction books for students how have idle time. Great pictures, as always in Simon books. " said.

"Seymour Simon, the “Dean of Children’s Science Writers” (NYT) revisits rocks and minerals. (He last visited this topic in “The Rock-Hound’s Book”, Viking, c1973).

Using a large oversize format, he gives a simple overview of the structure of Earth, what minerals are, properties of minerals, ways to group rocks (by color, hardness, how used by people, and by how they are formed). Full color stock photos are used to illustrate points – unfortunately with varying success. There are many beautiful photos of minerals that are never mentioned in the text. Page 6 includes a photo an amethyst; there is no mention of amethysts on the double page spread, rather the general term crystals is referred. Page 13 shows nine different rocks, of which several are never referred to in the book. More about the photo of geologists on p.40 is never mentioned anywhere in the text.

While not perfect, the text provides an excellent introduction to rock collecting. This extraordinary book is recommended for grades 3-6.
" said.

" Only a true rock and mineral enthusiast would read this for pleasure. However, it would be perfect on a white board tray with other nonfiction books for students how have idle time. Great pictures, as always in Simon books. " said.

"Seymour Simon, the “Dean of Children’s Science Writers” (NYT) revisits rocks and minerals. (He last visited this topic in “The Rock-Hound’s Book”, Viking, c1973).

Using a large oversize format, he gives a simple overview of the structure of Earth, what minerals are, properties of minerals, ways to group rocks (by color, hardness, how used by people, and by how they are formed). Full color stock photos are used to illustrate points – unfortunately with varying success. There are many beautiful photos of minerals that are never mentioned in the text. Page 6 includes a photo an amethyst; there is no mention of amethysts on the double page spread, rather the general term crystals is referred. Page 13 shows nine different rocks, of which several are never referred to in the book. More about the photo of geologists on p.40 is never mentioned anywhere in the text.

While not perfect, the text provides an excellent introduction to rock collecting. This extraordinary book is recommended for grades 3-6.
" said.

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