Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals & Shells

Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals & Shells
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July 13, 2021
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Get ready to be dazzled! This lively reference book for the younger set introduces a fascinating variety of Earth’s rocks, minerals, gemstones, fossils, and shells--from granite to gold, marble to malachite, and conchs to clams.

Discover how rocks are formed, the three kinds of rocks, and the difference between rocks and minerals. Learn how rocks and minerals are used in art, architecture, industry, and science. Then journey to the oceans to explore seashells and the amazing animals that once inhabited them. Packed with more than 200 stunning photos, including closeups of each specimen, this colorful book showcases breathtaking natural sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and human-built structures such as the Great Wall of China.

Filled with fun facts and designed for interactive learning, the Little Kids First Big Book of Rocks, Minerals, and Shells is sure to become a favorite with young rock and shell collectors and their parents!

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National Geographic always comes out with fun and engaging educational books that children will enjoy reading. This book doesn't disappoint. It's divided into Rock Stars, The Magic of Minerals, and Seashell Secrets. There's also an introduction that tells kids how to read the book to get the most out of it with the photographs and fact boxes.

The author goes into detail about the rock cycle, what defines a mineral, and all of the things shells can be used for. There area beautiful photographs on every page, like of the malachite, turquoise (which is actually a mineral), and all kinds of shells. Each topic has questions to encourage children to think more on everything.

After reading this book, it's hard to look at the world the same. Instead, it makes you appreciate things more and see the worth that's there. A couple of things I thought were really cool is that in ancient Rome, only the wealthy wore purple clothes. It's because a certain shell was used to make the purple dye. Little things like this are incredible and something I never knew about. Another nice touch is there's tools geologists use in the back of the book and it might inspire to go out and do some exploring of their own.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of rocks, geology, and for children who love to learn about nature and the environment around us. This was a hard review to write because this book contains so much information on topics perfect for children.
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