When Julie finds a shiny quartz crystal, her dad shows her how to dig for minerals like a rockhound. Combining clever wordplay with earth science, young readers learn about Earth s most abundant mineral treasure. The For Creative Minds section extends the learning with quartz and mineral fun facts and easy science activities.
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Gail Langer Karwoski is an award-winning children s book writer. In addition to Julie the Rockhound and Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (Mom s Choice Best Children s Picture Book Author for 2005), published by Sylvan Dell, Gail has written six other books for young readers including: Tsumani: The True Story of an April Fool s Day Disaster and Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906. Before becoming a full time author, Gail taught in Georgia public schools. She frequently returns to schools as a visiting author. Gail married a rockhound. On their honeymoon, they hiked through lush western forests and stark forests of petrified wood. They dove into foamy aquamarine waves in the Pacific Ocean and dug into crumbly turquoise deposits in the Southwestern desert. Since then, they ve gone treasure hunting for geodes, fossils, and crystals. At the schools where she taught, her classroom was famous because of the rock box. Now, as owners of a quartz deposit in South Carolina where visitors can try their luck at digging for crystals, Gail and her husband have watched hundreds of people both young and old delight in finding sparkly quartz crystals. She wrote Julie the Rockhound to share this delight in our earth s treasures with children and their parents. Gail lives near the University of Georgia with her husband, two daughters, and three bossy cats.Review:
"A four-page reproducible section "For Creative Minds" features tips on becoming a rockhound, a Moh's Hardness Scale for comparing minerals, and recipes that serve as models for understanding how different types of rocks are made. This book will find a place in either picture-book or natural-science collections." --School Library Journal
"This book would make an excellent addition to earth science lessons and it will keep curious, young rockhounders busy." --Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
"What child doesn't collect rocks at one time or another, especially the shiny and unusual ones? That makes all children rockhounds like Julie in this most interesting story that proficiently explains what quartz crystals are and how to find them. The book is highly recommended for the rockhounds in any home or classroom." --Children's Book Reviews
"This book is an excellent resource for kids who want to learn more about rock collecting, who want to experience a new adventure, or who want to start a new hobby." --Stories for Children Magazine
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Book Description Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Lisa Downey (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1934359211
Book Description Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111934359211