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Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! by [Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth]
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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is a unique collection of poems gathered by cut-paper artist Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Opening the pages of this beautiful book is like stepping through the gates of a well-loved garden. Using her tiny scissors, her love of nature, and her great sense for the world of children, she invites us to explore this playful and lovely constellation of poems with her.

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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 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Very informative for my grandchildren who are 4 and 3 they love books that tell them about things.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x941234f8) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96c36684) out of 5 stars Book Review: Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! 6 April 2009
By T. Jonker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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
HASH(0x96c366d8) out of 5 stars This is a fun tour with Buddy bear as he learns basic facts about rocks ... 24 May 2013
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x946872b8) out of 5 stars Basic information on the types of rocks 23 May 2013
By Connie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book is great for a young child first showing an interest in rocks. Sedimentary and igneous rocks are mentioned; conglomerate is alluded to.

The story is simple. Mother and her son Buddy bear go to a nearby nature center and walk a rock trail, where Mother Bear talks to her son about rocks and how they are formed. Buddy seems to already know quite a bit about rocks--bears are smart, after all!--erosion and metamorphoses are discussed.

But the story has no end. The narrative just comes to a stop and the book finishes with a few exercises to go over with the child.

There is ample opportunity for the narrator to ask the child more questions about rocks, or for the child to ask more questions as well.

The biggest downer is the illustrations. The illustrations, as others have noted, are paper cut-outs that somehow feel beneath the information presented.

But for an introduction to rocks, this isn't a bad start.
HASH(0x946874b0) out of 5 stars Encourages Adventure and Exploration 25 May 2013
By J. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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!"
HASH(0x946873cc) out of 5 stars Sweet and Informative 25 May 2013
By Maura Ann Rubies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Rocks! Rocks! Rocks! is a good book with a decent amount of learning for a little one.

You'll find some numbers, shapes, colors, map reading, pronunciation, scientific facts and descriptions of processes/rock characteristics.

In this book, the author combines photos of rocks with her beautiful collages. The story features a sweet mother bear and her son engaged in learning and having fun. They go on a "rock walk at the Nature Center" and are eventually joined by a female park ranger bear who provides deeper insight into the rocks on the trail.

The rock discussions in this book are very interesting. Complex information is broken down into a manageable form that children can readily understand. This is my favorite part.

At times, you will have to endure some jokes/puns inserted into the text that aren't very funny. This lighthearted silliness can get distracting, but the wonderful elements of this book rise above it.

Ideally, I would have liked to see a greater diversity of rocks that are more bright and colorful. There's a number of the same types of rocks and most of them share a similar color palette-heavy on the grey and tan. It would have been nice to look at the insides of rocks revealing spectacular crystals and color patterns.

There are some extras at the end, like ideas on how to display a rock collection, make rock magnets and how to set up a rock trail marker. However, a clear "Author's Note" is not included, where I was hoping to see more detailed info. on the rock processes being discussed.

I always appreciate seeing author's notes in children's books (especially in those including scientific concepts). As an educator, it helps to have that additional information on hand for more in-depth study.

The following link is to another great Nancy Elizabeth Wallace book I own where she includes an Author's Note (which is a WONDERFUL resource for us!): Recycle Every Day!

Overall, I recommend this book for an introduction to rocks, or just another enjoyable read for the little rock collector in your life.
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