The Definitive Visual Catalog of the Treasure Beneath Your Feet

Written by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith, Photos by Gary Ombler

I consider myself a wannabe rock hound. I have been fascinated by rocks since a child, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. This book is a rock lover’s dream! The first pages describe the details and differences of rocks, minerals and gems. The pages following highlight some of the stars, both known and perhaps unknown, from these three categories. For each item there are photos, details, facts (such as hardness scale, colors, locations found, etc.), and unusual tidbits. You could literally spend all day reading this book. One of my favorites is Gneiss. It is the oldest-known rock on the planet and it is what the Washington Monument is made of! I do wish there had been a pronunciation guide, but other than that, this book is “rock solid”. ;-)

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-12

Rocks, Minerals & Gems: The Definitive Visual Catalog of the Treasure Beneath Your Feet
Written by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith, Photos by Gary Ombler
Scholastic
224 pages
Release Date: July 26, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

Categories: Elem. – Nonfiction, Jr. High – Fiction, Sr. High – Nonfiction
Tags: rocks, minerals, gems, metamorphic rock, sedimentary rock, igneous rock, quartz, jade, fossils

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