by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long

A Rock is Lively

Growing up, I had a minor obsession with rocks and minerals. I got geodes as birthday presents and saved my money to buy a desert rose. I grew crystals in my basement. I never missed visiting the Gems and Minerals section when visiting the Museum of Natural History. I imagined owning giant rare minerals that glowed when I was older and rich.

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That obsession was one of many that has faded over the years. I do still like to visit that dark section of the museum, but I have yet to house a giant piece of fluorite.

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I would have loved this book as a kid. The fourth in a series of children’s nature picture books, this one focuses on an introduction to rocks. In striking watercolors, each mineral is painted in detail and labeled in pretty lettering. The text describes how a rock can be old (a meteorite fragment, 4,4 billion years old), helpful (“some birds swallow stones to help them digest food”) and surprising (you have to bust them open to reveal their colorful insides).

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Who would have thought a book about rocks could be so beautiful? I’m all for promoting learning about science from an early age, so I can see buying this book, and the rest of the series, for every six year old I know. You can get a copy here.