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Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
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Book Description

Buddy likes looking at and collecting rocks. Mama suggests they visit the local nature center. They hike the Blue Diamond Trail to five rock stops. They meet Roxie, a Rock Ridge Ranger. Buddy learns lots about bedrock, erosion, and how rocks are formed. He finds out many surprising things about rocks, rocks, rocks!

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace does it again, using her signature cut-paper illustrations to make a complex topic even more accessible to a younger audience.

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About the Author

Author Nancy Elizabeth Wallace is the author of a number of books, including Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!, Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!, Recycle Every Day!, Pumpkin Day!, and The Valentine Express. Nancy lives in Branford, Connecticut. You can visit her online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5591 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RZDNF4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 8 Nov. 2013
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Lovely book for any child to get into geology in a fun and educational way. Clear pictures and great explanations. Good book x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Granchildren Love it 20 July 2014
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Very informative for my grandchildren who are 4 and 3 they love books that tell them about things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Dec. 2014
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Useful book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! 6 April 2009
By T. Jonker - Published on
As a librarian, there's nothing worse than admitting that you don't have a wealth of materials available on a particular topic. It takes your carefully-cultivated library cred and puts it in doubt. A simple question like, "Do you have the newest Bakugan?" can expose holes in your collection faster than you can figure out what Bakugan is. My biggest blind spot is quality K-2 nonfiction, which can be tough to find. This title will help.

The latest in Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's series of nonfiction for the youngest of readers, Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! introduces topics of erosion and rock formation in a way kids will understand. A nice addition to the tough-to-join low-level nonfiction club.

Buddy likes to collect rocks of all shapes, sizes, and colors. After school one day, Mama suggests they visit the Rock Ridge Nature Center to learn more. Walking the Blue Diamond Trail, Mama and Buddy make five stops, each time discovering more information about rocks - how they are made, how they are weathered, and the characteristics of different rock types.

The gentle cut paper illustrations are combined with photos of real rocks, which add just the right touch of realism to the proceedings. The simple text has elements of repetition that will work well for very young readers.

Great for use in a classroom studying the subject, and a worthy addition to your nonfiction section in the library, Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! is a title you should keep within easy reach.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun tour with Buddy bear as he learns basic facts about rocks ... 24 May 2013
By D. Fowler - Published on
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Buddy had a small rock collection he took out of his backpack to show his Mama. She asked if he'd like to take a "rock walk at the Nature Center." When they arrived at the Rock Ridge Nature Center they decided to take a walk on the Blue Diamond Rock Trail to see what they could learn about rocks. There were five stops on the trail, places where they could learn a bit about the rocks surrounding us. Buddy bear lay on the ground at the first stop to check out the bedrock. Mama told him that "Bedrock is the earth's rock crust" and went on to explain a few more interesting facts about it.

The next Rock Stop dealt with erosion. "Erosion means that over time, mountains ... boulders ... even pebbles weather and wear away." Buddy looked at a line of rocks that became smaller and smaller. A trail sign showed many causes of erosion, including the sun. They continued on the Blue Diamond Rock Trail to the next three stops. They learned about how rocks are formed, they looked at several different types of rocks, got to check out rock forms, got to see different things people made out of rocks, and learned what a petrologist was.

This is a fun tour with Buddy bear as he learns basic facts about rocks. This beginning nonfiction book is not intended to delve into specifics about rocks, but rather very basic information about them via Buddy's adventure on a rock trail. This is an example of what is called "new" nonfiction that incorporates factual material in a picture book format. Many young children, especially newly independent readers will be able to navigate the text with a bit of assistance. There are numerous informative sidebars in the form of signs that offer up additional information. The artwork, which includes origami and cut paper collage, is very appealing. In the back of the book are a couple of suggested activities and a few more interesting "rock" sayings and jokes. This is an excellent curriculum-based book for homeschool or classroom shelves.
5.0 out of 5 stars Encourages Adventure and Exploration 25 May 2013
By J. Sullivan - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book focuses on the adventurous family outing. Buddy likes rocks, and he likes puns, too! Like any good Mama bear would, because of Buddy's interest in rocks, she takes him on a rock tour at the Rock Ridge Nature Center.

The Rock Ridge Nature Center has a Forest Trail marked with yellow circles, a Pond Trail marked with red squares and a Rock Trail, upon which Buddy and Mama trek forth, is marked with blue diamonds.

An overview map shows that the rock trail has five stops. Along the trail, various signs display "Did you know?" rock factoids, as Buddy excitedly shares his rock fascination with his Mama along the way. The first stop is all bedrock. The second stop is an erosion kiosk. Buddy meets a Rock Ridge Ranger at the third stop, who has a box full of different types of rocks, which she tells Buddy all about. The fourth stop has a table full of rocks that Buddy plays with for a while, and by the fifth stop, which showcases a cabin, a birdbath and other outdoor stone creations, Mama's sitting on the rock bench, dogs barking, ready to get home and make dinner, yet patient enough to let Buddy enjoy his adventure.

This is a book about taking the child out of the house, and sparking an interest in something other than XCubes and iStations. Your child will not learn from this book how to determine the mineral content of a meteorite by torching it to see what color it burns. It's just a book about an inquisitive young bear, and a loving bear Mama that takes the time to do things with her little bear cub.

If this book does not satisfy an expectation of a thorough rock curriculum, take comfort in the fact that the colored-shape marked trails and the maps of the tour provide a young child an overview of how these places generally work, or even knowledge that such wonderful and underutilized nature-based facilities even exist. The parks are out there, and they're full of potentially great memories...unless, ironically, your family gets attacked by a bear.

Although a quick flip-through - initially, I was not impressed - may leave the purchaser with the wrong impression of the value of the book, the adventure is engaging, and the cutouts just happen to be the look of Buddy's universe - it is engaging and fun. I fully recommend "Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!"
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly this is terrible 2 May 2013
By Mohe - Published on
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I'm a geologist, I have loved rocks since before I could read, I have talked to four year-olds about rocks, I should love this book, but it is beyond awful. It consists of about a dozen very basic geology fact, bracketed by very uninspired rock puns masquerading as riddles. I know this is for the under five set, so I won't dwell on the several technical errors, even though my experience with small children suggests that clarifying things such as how exactly water causes erosion or understanding an explanation of how quartz gets into igneous rocks is not beyond the capabilities of the average five year old. But it is so incredibly basic that it is extremely dull reading, utterly lacking in interest or elegance. Nothing in the text is worth anything. This might be forgivable if it wasn't for the illustrations.

The illustrations are atrocious, they are genuinely ugly with photos of remarkably dull and uninteresting rocks, superimposed over remarkably inexpressive and monotonous construction paper cut outs. There is no aesthetic value whatsoever.

There is really nothing positive to say about this book, the more I think about it the more awful it is. It is so bad I can see it actually driving people away from geology. So even though geology themed children's books are very rare, just don't get this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Earth Science Concepts for PreK and K 1 April 2013
By C. Bennett - Published on
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My kindergarten-aged daughter walks around with pockets full of rocks every day. She just loves them! I was delighted to discover that this child-friendly book explores science while keeping her interest.

This story book combines a curious little bear with basic concepts of earth science to make a great, teachable tool.

Buddy the bear and his Mama take a trip to a local Nature Center. At the Center, they hike on trails and learn about bedrock, erosion, how rocks are formed, sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks, and even rocks that float!

The book encourages you to get outside and find some rocks with your own junior petrologist (rock scientist). There are fun signs along the path that foster the concepts of recycling, putting trash in the barrels in Nature Centers, fun facts about rocks, and even rock jokes.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that it went further than just a fun children's story, it taught the basics of earth science to my curious little girl. This would be a great addition to the classroom for teachers, or a birthday gift for a child's party along with a rock collection starter set.
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