Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rocks, Fossils, Minerals, and Gems

Rocks, Fossils, Minerals, and Gems is a nonfiction intro to mineralogy aimed at young readers (elementary - middle school).  Author Claudia Martin has written numerous books on nonfiction subjects for young readers previously.
Published by Quarto - QEB, due out 18 July, 2018, it's 80 pages and available in paperback format.

 The text is easy to follow and logically structured.  The pictures are curated from many sources; there is a comprehensive credits list at the end of the book.  Though the graphics are not original to this book, they do a good job of supporting and enriching the text.

This would make a good addition to a science library or classroom introductory unit on mineralogy for primary to early middle school readers.  It's appealingly colorful and easy to understand.  It must be understood that this is a very basic introduction to some of the terms and properties of minerals.  The science is sound and the book is factually correct (with a lot of trivia). The book includes a very short glossary and photography credits, but no bibliography or resources for further reading.

Three and a half stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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