Rocks, Minerals and Gems – John Farndon


813ksy5gl5l Rocks, Minerals and Gems – John Farndon, Firefly Books, (9781770858688), 2016.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre:  Non-fiction, Science

What did you like about the book? This attractive source of information about rocks, minerals, and gems begins with an introduction to the rock cycle. Next come some practical tips for rock hunting, followed by four sections on recognizing many rocks and minerals. The graphics are of high quality, many on a dramatic black background. The gems on the cover even sparkle! Although the edition reviewed here is technically a paperback, the stiffer than usual cover material seems like it will hold up to rigorous use. Includes glossary and index.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The lack of source notes and suggestions for further reading.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to patrons from grades 4 – 7 for reports or for browsing.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve in 549 with other books about rocks and minerals.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, if you are interested in the topic.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  1/22/17

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