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Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough (Amazing Science)

by Natalie M. Rosinsky

Other authors: Matthew John (Illustrator)

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Ages 5-9. Excellent book to introduce children to the rock cycle, the three types of rocks and basic geology. Concise easy to understand text will engage children. ( )
  smebbinga | Dec 1, 2016 |
Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough by Natalie M. Rosinsky comprehensively focuses on rocks. The book is easy to navigate because of its many helpful features including page numbers, a table of contents, a glossary, a rock chart, an index, and a further reading page that features books and websites. There is also a fun fact on each page to engage the students in the topic. On most of the pages, there are repetitive phrases like, “You might see,” or “If you see,” to help students make connections from the text to their personal experiences. Many of the pictures are labeled to help with identification. For example, the obsidian and granite are labeled to help differentiating different types of rocks. Rosinksy uses exciting and descriptive language when writing about rocks. She says that rocks, “tell tales of creatures that swam, slithered, or crept” (p. 16). Typically nonfiction is not considered exciting, and this type of language really helps it come alive. It is important to learn about what is all around us because it plays such an important role in shaping out world. ( )
  VictoriaStagg | Sep 24, 2015 |
I like this book for three reasons. First, I like how the text is engaging. The author employs fun facts on every page, providing interesting information on rocks. For instance, the author wrote, “Some rocks are four billion years old. (That’s 4,000,000,000 years!) Think of all the stories rocks can tell.” This fun fact provides engaging information that draws attention to the book and the subject matter.
Second, I like how the book employs a rock chart in order to present the information in an easy and reader-friendly manner. The chart presents facts on obsidian, granite, sandstone, limestone, and marble rocks. It lists the kind of rock that each one is, the color the rock consists of, what it feels like, and the uses for the rock. The chart is also colorful, which draws attention to it. The author’s employment of the chart provides key information on the types of rocks in a different form than text, which can lead to a greater understanding of the facts.
Third, I like how the author went beyond descriptive text to mention activities that involve rocks. For instance, one activity is on how to make a rock collection. Then, another activity consists of how to make a sandstone brick. Both of these activities provide more information to further understand rocks. In addition, the author provides a list of resources at the library and on the web for finding more information on rocks.
Throughout this book, the author demonstrates the big idea of the book as one that provides the reader with information on rocks as well as provides the reader with ways to continue his or her understanding through activities and additional resources. This book is filled with facts that are both engaging and informative as well as are presented in a reader-friendly manner. In this way, the author shows the importance of rocks and the need to understand them. ( )
  ChristinaAlms | Sep 18, 2015 |
This was a good read. While I'm not crazy about the topic, the book was enjoyable and informational. The way the book is written is organized in a very clear and understandable manner. For example, the three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary) are separated into their own sections. There are several useful text features, like headlines, pictures with captions, and a glossary to define unfamiliar terms. I also like the illustrations in the book. The pictures are visually appealing, while also supporting the text. For example, there is a neat picture of an active volcano. Not only did this picture catch my eye, but it also tied the text together. The big idea of this informational text is that there are different categories of rocks, each with their own unique properties. ( )
  jwrigh28 | Sep 17, 2015 |
I really liked this book based on the factual information and the child friendly illustrations. One part I really liked was when they talked about volcanoes and the different rocks found in them. It even showed what the inside of an erupting volcano looked like. Another part I liked was when it talked about fossils but used more kid friendly vocabulary like bone fragments. This book pushed students to really think about nature and the earth we live on. It even had tables with information in them and random fun facts that would keep them interested. ( )
  kstano1 | Sep 17, 2015 |
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Gems and minerals, fossils simpl and sediment. Vivid illustrations and clear, simple text explore the formation and features of rocks. Includes a glossary, hand-on activities, and fascinating fun facts.
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