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National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling gems of photos and info that will rock your world Paperback – October 11, 2011

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About the Author

Steve Tomecek, the Executive Director and Founder of Science Plus, Inc., is the author of numerous books, including three other Jump Into Science titles. He was the winner of the 1996 American Institute of Physics Excellence in Science Writing Award. He lives in Bellerose, NY.
Liisa Chauncy Guida studied at the Pratt School of Art and Design in New York City. She gazes at the moon in the clear skies over her home in Avon, CO.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0970 (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids Everything
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426307683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426307683
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was expecting something completely different, and I have to say, I was a little mislead by the reviews here. For that reason, I am going to leave you a brutally honest review of this book. Please keep in mind a lot of my review has to do with my expectations..but here it goes!
Cons:
>Book is very thin
>Not set up in a way that would inform your child on a certain rock/gem that they have - I was expecting this book to be sort of a guide. Pictures of certain rocks or minerals, their origins, how they are mined, chemical composition, etc. It is more of a collage of information, bursting with images and text boxes scattered through out the pages.
>Feels unorganized - Again, with the scrapbook-like pages of texts and images it feels more like a "fun facts" rather than "educational."
>Kind of a read, but then probably never read again book. I was expecting something more reference like so that you would constantly be using it to identify a new stone.

Pros:
>Book is full of colorful images, and does give kids some information about the "how and where" minerals are made and come from.
>Easy read.
>A safe choice if you are considering it as a gift for another child! Can't go wrong with anything science based, and this book is pretty neat, despite my misunderstanding of it.

To sum up - the book is okay. Not what I expected, but maybe it's what YOU are looking for. If you're looking for a reference guide, this is NOT it. If you're looking for broad and general information on this topic, this may be a good choice.
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I'd love to tell you I bought this book for my 5 year old as a companion to his rock collection, but I mostly bought it for myself. I'm going to school to be an Earth Science teacher and pre-ordered this book as soon as I discovered it. It is very informative and the bright, colorful photos make identifying different types of rocks and minerals a breeze. My 5 year old also approves. I definitely recommend it for all rock collectors, big and small.
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This book is more lightweight than I realized but is perfect for ages 7 and above. It is colorful and compelling without too much text on the pages and features wonderful detailed colour photos. I can't wait to give it to my 8 year old brother for Christmas!
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Good photos and easy for kids to understand. A good way for kids and adults to start learning about rocks and minerals.
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I bought this for a friend's 7 year old boy who after visiting quartz mines in New York started becoming interested in rocks. He LOVES this book. It has beautiful photos, vivid colors, and interesting facts. Easy to understand and designed almost like a comic book (little excerpts here and there). I might have to order another copy to keep here for my own kids (and maybe myself...) as they were reading through it before I could wrap it and thought it was really cool. The book is also printed on what feels like very durable and probably washable paper. The cover is paperback but feels very strong. Definitely made for a child's hands to flip through again and again.
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I have never returned anything I purchased through Amazon. I purchased this book through Amazon.com and my Amazon Prime account, both of which are totally awesome in service and quality. National Geographic books have always been superb, but this book was not. It has the feel and weight of a coloring book, the page headings are huge, the information is very brief and the book is not at all what I expected. I didn't find the book to be well organized and the photographs, while colorful, are jumbled and haphazard. I understand this was compiled for a child under the age of 10 and I purchased it for an 8 year old boy who loves rocks and geology but I won't even bother showing it to him, its being returned.National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling gems of photos and info that will rock your world
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This is such a good resource for those studying or just interested in rocks and minerals. Gorgeous pictures, easy to understand information, really good information. I enjoy having this as part of our rocks and minerals collection.
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This was probably my fault but I was hoping this was a kid-friendly guide to different minerals with pictures to help identify types and accompanying info. It's not that at all...more a very broad and brief geology book with essentially nothing about any specific mineral.
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