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Beattie, Laura C.
Discover Rocks and Minerals: A Carnegie Activity Book
Carnegie Museum of Natural History (1994) Paperback
Reading level: Ages 9-12
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[Geology : The Active Earth (Ranger Rick's Naturescope)] National Wildlife Federation
Geology: The Active Earth (Ranger Rick's Naturescope)
McGraw-Hill (1997) Paperback - 96 pages
Amazon synopsis: Kids in grades kindergarten through eighth are introduced to fundamental concepts of geology as they observe tectonic plates on the go, grow their own crystals, play rock detective, and join in 15 other engaging activities that teach them about the structure of the earth, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and minerals, fossils and the forces that shape the landscape. 70 illustrations.
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[Rocks and Minerals (Eyewitness Explorers)] Parker, Steve, et. al.
Rocks and Minerals (Eyewitness Explorers)
Dorling Kinders (1997) Paperback - 64 pages
Excellent children's reference and activity book.
Amazon synopsis: A geology expert explains how to tell rocks from minerals and then shares secrets of spotting sulfides, chromates, igneous and metamorphic rocks, and more.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
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[Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society First Field Guides)] Ricciuti, Edward R.
Rocks and Minerals (National Audubon Society First Field Guides)
Scholastic Trade (1998) Paperback - 160 pages
Amazon review: This book is part of a series of guides designed for adolescents interested in natural history and nature. The books are an excellent introduction to the Rocks and Minerals, Birds, Wildflowers, and Insects for children aged 8-18... Each field guide features 50 common specimens with photos and brief descriptions of many more regionally occurring rocks and minerals.
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Zim, Herbert S. and Paul R. Shaffer
Minerals: A Guide to Familiar Minerals, Gems, Ores and Rocks
Golden Press
Everyone's first field book for mineral collecting.
Out of Print

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