Item description for Julie the Rockhound by Lisa Downey Gail Langer Karwoski...
Overview When young Julie finds a shiny crystal, her dad shows her how to dig for minerals and they uncover a number of quartz crystals, in an educational title that includes an interactive "For Creative Minds" section for additional information on minerals. Simultaneous.
Publishers Description 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 10, 2007
Publisher Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN 1934359211 ISBN13 9781934359211
Reviews - What do customers think about Julie the Rockhound?
You Too Can Become a Rockhound Dec 14, 2007
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. Young readers will enjoy learning about the properties and growth of crystals. Yes, crystals do grow! Author Gail Langer Karwoski has done a splendid job of taking a scientific concept and creating an absorbing story around it.
Artist Lisa Downey's detailed pencil drawings add so much to the story, making it easy for readers to visualize what Julie and Dad talk about on their hunt for rocks. For instance, where Dad explains, "It takes a VERY long time...to grow." The illustrations show the ascending scale of a quartz crystal's growth. The activities in the back of the book are both informative and enjoyable. The book is highly recommended for the rockhounds in any home or classroom, ages 6 - 10.
Karwoski's Julie the Rockhound Another Solid Offering by a Gem of an Author Oct 18, 2007
Georgia author Gail Karwoski offers another well-written and captivating picture book in Julie the Rockhound. The story begins when a young girl, Julie, notices something sparkling on a hillside behind her new home. The sparkle leads her to pick up a rock that's shiny with flat sides and a pointy end. Julie shows her find to her dad who calls it a crystal. The humorous word-play explanations dad offers for Julie's questions about her rock will tickle young readers as they learn along with Julie about quartz crystals. Some of the things I like most about book are the clear, informative writing, the warm relationship between Julie and her Dad, and the informative suggestions in the back of the book that will teach readers how to become rockhounds themselves. This book is ideal for parents, grandparents and teachers to share with young readers or for older children who want to read it on their own. It's great for those who already have an interest in rockhounding and for those who might want to join in the fun.
A real gem! Oct 1, 2007
Karwoski's latest book will appeal to readers of many ages. For the youngest, it is a story of a girl and her dad sharing a day together and exploring the natural world. Older readers will enjoy the details Julie learns from her dad about rocks and rock collecting. Downey's clean illustrations focus attention on the beauty of the quartz crystals. Four pages of activities following the story are sure to lure beginning rockhounds outside to start digging! Teachers will find the book especially useful for teaching about rocks and minerals. A great purchase for the home, classroom, or school library.
Entertaining and insightful! Sep 30, 2007
I picked up a copy of Julie the Rockhound while at the Southern Independent Booksellers Association Conference. I am so pleased with it I plan to give it to my granddaughter for Christmas. As a former teacher, I am always on the lookout for entertaining and educational reading for children. This one is great. Not only is it a resource for children's reading, it is a means for teaching and inspiring an interest and hobby! The book includes a learning-activity section at the end of the story, parents and teachers will find helpful.
Great introduction to encourage young rockhounds. Aug 19, 2007
This is a great introduction to rock collecting for kids. The story shares the excitment of collecting and introduces simple and sometimes confusing terms in a funny way. The tips in the back for rock collecting are helpful and easy for any family to follow to add this fun and inexpensive hobby to family outings. The activities are great for home or for the classroom. This is a terrific book for elementary school teachers.