|Rocks & minerals|
Author: Simon, Seymour
Learn all about rocks and minerals, how they are formed, crystals, fractures, Mohs scale of hardness, rock collecting, and more.
School Library Journal (06/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 Gr 3–6—In standard Simon format, this book walks readers through the world of rocks and minerals. The author begins with an excellent description of the most common minerals found in nature and how to recognize them. The next section is a breakdown of the various types of rocks. Beautiful full-page photographs accompany the text throughout. The images are clearly labeled and correspond well to the material on each page—none feel out of place. The final section is a great introduction to rock collecting. Simon's enthusiasm for the subject might persuade readers to give this hobby a try. Connecting the text to the real world, the author encourages readers to use this volume, along with other resources, to identify the rocks they add to their collections. Strangely, there are no chapter headings, which could make finding information on specific topics difficult. However, the simple, uncluttered layout and gorgeous images give this title an edge over others. VERDICT A wonderful, browsable option for earth science collections.—Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library, IN - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2017 Attention rock hounds! Nonfiction stalwart Simon chips away at the mysteries of rock and mineral formation and identification in this entry-level guide. A full-page diagram of the Earth’s layers kicks things off, and then Simon embarks on a tour of minerals, from the common (quartz, feldspar, calcite, etc.) to the rare (rubies, diamonds, and other gems), all with crystal-clear color photos and identifying captions. He then moves on to rock classification—igneous, sedimentary, and so on—and the geologic processes behind the formation of each. The final third of the book gets into the nitty-gritty of identification. “Telling one mineral from another is something like guessing the villain in a mystery story. One clue may not be enough,” Simon informs readers before laying out various clue-gathering methods, such as testing for luster, cleavage, fracture, color, and hardness. Lastly, he offers tips and tools for the new devotee, with a gentle reminder to be “conservation-minded” while collecting. A solid introduction designed to inspire, not overwhelm. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.