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Let's Go Rock Collecting (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science. Stage 2) Paperback – April 11, 1997

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3. More than just the title has been changed in this updated edition of Gans's Rock Collecting (Crowell, 1984). The topics are the same?basic rock formation; the characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; the uses of rocks in the past (Roman roads, Egyptian pyramids) and the present (cement); and, finally, a bit about rock collecting. The excellent diagrams, full-color photographs of specimens, and minor textual changes clarify the concepts (for example, Mohs' scale of hardness) and extend the presentation. Gans barely introduces collecting rocks in the field and organizing and storing them, but the pair of youngsters featured in Keller's brightly colored illustrations certainly convey the joys of being a rock hound.?Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2^-4, younger for use with adults. Kids will immediately be caught by the idea that, "the oldest things you can collect are rocks." This simple geology book goes on to discuss the formation, hardness, types, and uses of rock. The coverage is cursory, yet it is sufficiently engaging to hold the interest of a young audience. Keller's illustrations, line drawings with watercolor washes, work well in showing the cross-sections of earth and volcanoes. Two children appear in many of the scenes, exploring a Roman road, finding fossils, mixing cement, and collecting rocks to store in boxes and egg cartons. A few pages feature photographs, allowing more realistic views of various rock types. Another good introductory book from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Ill edition (April 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451703
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angela J. Zaev on August 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Let's Go Rock Collecting is an excellent book in the Let's Read and Find Out Science Series. My son started with this book when he was 4 (he's now 5). It has great illustrations that capture a child's attention and actual photos of the various rocks described so that the child (and parent) can identify a few basic rocks.

One thing that is really great about this book is the simple illustrations to educate the reader about the Earth's Crust and Solid Rock Layer. There are simple diagrams of:

1. The components of a Volcano
2. Moh's Scale of hardness
3. The formation of sedimentary rocks
4. Metamorphic rock process

The book also ends with a practical suggestion that kids will love and that's how to begin your own rock collection and start to identify the rocks you have.

NOTE: Depending on your view of the age of the earth, you may like to know that this book utilizes millions of years in its descriptions.
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By Wendy S on February 23, 2006
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My husband and daughter are both geologist and they thought this book was well written. My bright 3 year old grandson enjoys having it read to him. Usually it would be enjoyed by an older child, but he enjoys it.
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THIS IS A FINE BOOK FOR INTRODUCING YOUR CHILDREN TO THE WONDERS OF ROCKHOUNDING. THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THAT CHILDREN WANT TO READ AND FIND OUT FOR THEMSELVES. LET YOUR CHILDEN READ THIS BOOK, AND THEN TURN THEM LOOSE ON ANY NORTHERN BEACH WITH PLENTY OF ROCKS. THEY'LL HAVE A BALL, AND YOU'LL LEARN SOMETHING, TOO (YOUR KIDS WILL TELL YOU).
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This is NOT an introduction to rock hounding as I had hoped.

The bulk of the book contains interesting information about the three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary) that was easy for young readers to understand.

The end of the book briefly encourages kids to go out and collect their own rocks, aiming for a variety of colors, and then to go home and try to identify them.

Overall, I don't think this book is going to inspire a kid to rush out and become a rock hound or geologist, as it lacks any sort of "wow" factor, but it is certainly a useful educational book.

If there are any rock hounding groups or gem/mineral shows near you, THAT is a great way to get your kid fascinated by the amazing rocks/crystals/minerals that come out of our earth.
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My son and I used this book to suplement our study of rocks. We ejoyed the artwork. The writing was engaging. This book is good for children in primary grades 1-3.
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I bought this along with a rock collection for my 4 year old who loves rocks. The cover art made me think it would be very introductory and for preschool to early elementary age groups. He thought the rock collection was cool but when we opened the book and it began to discuss the geology and the sedimentary cycle I lost him. I think maybe kids 8 and up would like it. Don't be fooled by the cover art.
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I am a huge fan of the Let's Read and Find Out science series of books, and this one doesn't disappoint. Clearly written information, great photographs, and wonderful illustrations educate the K-2 science student in an enjoyable way.
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This book is goo for your child interested in starting a collection, and science. It can be read by the child and understood, but it doesn't have many rock descriptions. So I ended up purchasing a rock field guide so my son could identify what he was finding.
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