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Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop (MathStart 3) Paperback – January 5, 2000
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Each time Josh and Amy go to Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop, the window display is different. On their first visit, the rocks are arranged according to size. The next time, they are grouped by color. The children carefully group the specimens they have gathered according to Mohs' scale of hardness. When they leave this collection at the shop, Dave surprises them by displaying it in his store window. This educational offering adequately covers the concept of classification and provides some facts about rocks. The expressive, pleasing watercolor illustrations depict safety-conscious children wearing bike helmets and safety goggles. While this book will not ignite the imagination, it does support the math and science curriculum in a palatable way. As an extension, librarians could offer Roma Gans's Let's Go Rock Collecting (HarperCollins, 1997).
Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Murphy turns his considerable talents to the concept of classification in this MathStart title. When Josh receives a strange rock from his uncle, he consults an expert, shop owner Dave, to learn about his gift. He also notices the store's display window, which features stones arranged by size. As Josh's interest in and knowledge of geology grows, the window display changes, with the classification scheme becoming more complex--from size to color to type, and finally to hardness. Murphy's forte is explaining complex topics in a down-to-earth manner, and that's just what he's done here. Along the way, he also includes a good deal of information about rocks, minerals, and the scientific method. Smith's full-color illustrations capture the excitement of rock hunting and include many geological and equipment details. A good introduction to primary geology units or lessons on classification. Activity suggestions for adults and kids are appended. Kay Weisman
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