Monday, December 11, 2023

Nonfiction Monday


A Stone Is a Story by Barnard Booth with illustrations by Marc Martin offers young readers an absorbing introduction to geology.

Booth imagines a stone’s journey from its birth as magma through a wide variety of environmental experiences—dragged by a glacier, ground to sand, deposited as sediment, buried deep within the earth, transformed, uplifted, until finally it’s held in a curious youngster’s hand. The tale is told against the backdrop of earth’s evolutionary history from primordial seas to the time of dinosaurs, the ice age, and on to present day.

Straight-forward vocabulary and simple sentences make the content easily accessible. The narrative is followed by a more detailed discussion of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks that includes a glossary of terms. The author also provides a URL for additional resources.

Martin’s richly colored illustrations create a dramatic atmosphere for the powerful forces at work throughout…then shifts to a more subtle tone on the final double-page spread as it reflects a moment of unexpected playfulness that is a perfect conclusion to this tale.

 I can easily imagine this book serving as an entertaining and thought-provoking introduction to the study of geology with children.

 Ages 5-8

Recommended for home and school libraries.

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