Bound To Stay Bound

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 These rocks count!
 Author: Formento, Alison

 Illustrator: Snow, Sarah

 Publisher:  Whitman
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 22 x 27 cm.

 BTSB No: 346240 ISBN: 9780807578704
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Rocks -- Fiction
 Field trips -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Mr. Tate's class is about to learn there's more to rocks than being dirty lumps on the ground. On this field trip they're visiting the rocky ridge mountains to learn about rocks. At first the children think rocks will be boring, but they soon learn that rocks are all around us in ways we might not expect--such as glass and toothpaste.

Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 62975

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → CCR - College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/01/14)
   School Library Journal (03/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 K-Gr 3—Mr. Tate's class takes a ranger-led hike to explore the world of geology in this mediocre effort, which reads more like a series of disjointed facts about rocks than as a story. Ranger Pedra invites the children to "listen with our eyes and hands" to a boulder's story, and then, inexplicably, it "tells" a counting story. The items being counted, whether they are four mounds of salt, five turtle hatchlings moving over the sand, or ten panes of glass, are never explicitly connected to the rocks and have nothing to do with the boulder itself. Though the class discussion later touches briefly on the use of rocks and minerals in everyday products, the text fails to make critical connections. The bright, flat cartoon illustrations are appealing enough, and an afterword offers more background information on rocks, but overall the narrative fails to support its title.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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