Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Rock Is Lively


A Rock Is Lively
by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books, 2012.  Unpaged.  Nonfiction

          What Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long have done for seeds, butterflies, and eggs, they now do for rocks.  Another drop-dead gorgeous nature books, A Rock Is Lively describes for young children the "rock cycle":  igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, and even galactic. Meteoroids/Asteroids/Comets/ and meteorites provide the "rocky fireworks" of Outer Space and malachite, diorite, argonite, and hematite form and inhabit the earth on which we stand.  As usual, the Aston-Long duo (dynamic) provide their children and adult readers with new ways to look at the beautiful world.


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