Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book (Basher Science Series)

Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book (Basher Science Series)

by Simon Basher, Dan Green


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Simon Basher is back with another zany primer to science! Following his 3 successful titles on the basics of chemistry, physics, and biology, BASHER SCIENCE: ROCKS AND MINERALS is an in-depth look at the ground beneath our feet. Like his other titles, Basher presents these topics through charming and adorable illustrations and pairs them with basic information told from a first person perspective. He develops a community of characters based on the things that form the foundations of our planet: rocks, gems, crystals, fossils and more. And what's more, he makes it understandable, interesting, and cute. It's not what you expect out of a science primer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753463147
Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Basher Science Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 105,451
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Simon Basher is an artist and designer who has fun playing in the world of contemporary character design. Inspired by a love of simple line work and a rich palette, his characters blend the edge of manga with the cuteness of Hello Kitty.

Dan Green studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Since graduating, he has written and edited many popular science titles and humorous books, become the editor of a South American national newspaper, worked as a travel writer, as well as developing and editing the wildly successful Horrible Science magazine collection. He is the "voice" of Basher's bestselling science-made-easy books, and to date has written nine titles in the series.

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Rocks and Minerals: A Gem of a Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
shillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and appealing book about rocks and minerals. The descriptions are written in first-person narrative and each item is accompanied by an illustration that has a face and other human like qualities. Along with a description of each rock or mineral is a list of basic facts as well as three interesting facts. Each chapter is identified by icons and color schemes and an index and glossary are included. The vocabulary is challenging but the information is presented clearly and directly, therefore I would recommend this book to students in grades 2-5. My only hesitation in recommending this book is that most of my students who come asking about rocks and minerals want a book that has photos not illustrations. However, the illustrations are so cute and the text makes it so approachable that this may appeal to children who don't already have a fascination with rocks and minerals.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Children love learning all about rocks and minerals especially with smart and sassy personalities of these crystal cool characters.
Grandy4Pickles More than 1 year ago
I like to read product reviews to get a clearer idea of what to order but when no description is given, no help is forthcoming. C'mon people... why would you just give a 'star' number... that helps no one... writing a review doesn't take THAT long! Say what you liked/didn't like about the book. What age group would like it, etc. Details please! OK, so here's my review: I initially bought this as a Christmas gift for my 6 yr.old nephew but instead will give it to my 11 yr.old grandson. The reason? While the book provides informative details in a light-hearted but well described manner and is educational, there are no REAL PHOTOS of actual rocks. I would also have to get a rocks & minerals picture book for the 6yr old while the 11yr old already has one or two. Overall I would recommend this book for the 5-15 yr age group and gave it only 4 stars because I would have liked to see photos..but that's just me and that's this authors style.
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