I received this book for free from Albert Whitman in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Albert Whitman on January 1, 2014
Genres: Children's, Non-Fiction, Picture book
Source: Albert Whitman
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Mr. Tate's class is about to learn there's more to rocks than being dirty lumps on the ground. On this field trip they're visiting the rocky ridge mountains to learn about rocks. At first the children think rocks will be boring, but they soon learn that rocks are all around us in ways we might not expect--such as glass and toothpaste!
My children are huge rock hounds and collectors, so when they saw this book in the Albert Whitman catalog, they requested it. We loved the multi- media digital illustrations which are colorful, and bring the story to life. For a non-fiction book, These Rocks Count is interesting and easy to read. The only drawbacks for us were that 1) we haven’t had a great experience with rangers being nice to children as of late, and one of the main “helpers” in this story is a ranger, and 2) we weren’t quite sure why everyone was hugging and listening to a boulder.
What did we love? We really liked learning about all the different places you can find rocks and minerals: toothpaste, cell phones, etc. My children were excited to see a geode featured as this is one of our favorite types of specimens. Overall, I would recommend this one for teachers or mothers of young learners.
ALISON ASHLEY FORMENTO is the author of multi-award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!, This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count! and These Rocks Count! (2014). Her debut young adult novel Twigs is published by new imprint Merit Press Books, helmed by The New York Times bestselling author, Jacquelyn Mitchard. Alison has written for publications including The New York Times, The Writer, Parenting and numerous international and regional magazines. She loves visiting schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to AmericanForests.org.