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!"