Author Steve Tomecek is a former schoolteacher, now writing science books for children full time. He has a full schedule of school visits throughout the year, and in between attends conferences where he actively promotes all of his books. Steve is the author of four other books in the Jump Into Science series: DIRT, MOON, STARS, and SUN. He lives with his family in Bellrose, NY.
K-Gr 3-Tomecek explains how the Earth was formed from a ball of gas, and that as the gas cooled over millions of years, rocks created the core and the crust. Minerals are introduced as the building blocks of rocks, and the various uses of these materials in man-made structures are addressed. The main portion of the book discusses the three major types: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. "The Rock Cycle" explains in pictures and labels how rocks are weathered, changed, and become new rocks. An activity to make a conglomerate rock out of sand, glue, and pebbles is appended. A mix of digital artwork and actual photos creates a pleasing layout. An illustrated cartoon tour guide appears on all the pages. This informative title is child-friendly without being overwhelming. It will appeal to those looking for facts and catch the eye of curiosity seekers.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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