Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Summary: The author of three other I’m Trying to Love… books makes seemingly dull, boring rocks come alive with a spirited girl narrator who corrects the off-the-page speaker by showing how rocks tell interesting stories. She identifies the three types of rocks, explaining how each kind is formed, and goes on to show examples of work geologists do that kids will relate to. She makes a brief plug for scientists in general, “Science isn’t about having the answers–it’s about asking questions.” A careful examination of the end papers indicates that her mission has been accomplished: the front papers show a bunch of rocks, each one labeled “rock”, while the end ones have each rock correctly labeled. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Another lively, informative entry in this series, with plenty of humor, bright cartoon-style illustrations and comic bubble dialogue. This would make a perfect introduction to a unit on rocks for preschool and primary grades.
Cons: No back matter.