Book cover shows rocks and minerals on a white surface spread around the title "My book of rocks and minerals, Things to find, collect and treasure!" The top left has the DK brand image.
Pages 12-13 are titled "rock hunting" and show photos of locations rocks can be found, different rocks, a bowl of a sponge in soapy water, and white child's hands holding a magnifying glass and examining a rock. Section headers read "watch out, pick a location, cleaning, examining".
Pages 22-23 focus on Basalt and Unakite, two types of volcanic rock. In the top right there is an infographic showing "rock type" with a picture of a volcano. Each page shows 2 photos of each rock. Under the rock names are pronunciation guides and details about the rock.
Page 54-55 focus on "polishing rocks". There's a photo of an electric tumbler used to polish stones. There are photos of different types of grit, polished versus unpolished gems. An infographic reads "it takes about 1 month to tumble a gemstone."
Pages 56-57 focus on Quartz. There are 7 photos of different types of quartz with their names and identifying details. There's an infographic in the top right showing the colour range. Underneath page title (Quartz) is a pronunciation guide for the word and main text about the rock.
Pages 80-81 are titled "cutting gems". There are pictures of white adult hands grinding a raw stone into shape. There is a photo each of a raw stone and sparkling gem. A step by step process explains how this is done.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Book cover shows rocks and minerals on a white surface spread around the title "My book of rocks and minerals, Things to find, collect and treasure!" The top left has the DK brand image.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Pages 12-13 are titled "rock hunting" and show photos of locations rocks can be found, different rocks, a bowl of a sponge in soapy water, and white child's hands holding a magnifying glass and examining a rock. Section headers read "watch out, pick a location, cleaning, examining".
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Pages 22-23 focus on Basalt and Unakite, two types of volcanic rock. In the top right there is an infographic showing "rock type" with a picture of a volcano. Each page shows 2 photos of each rock. Under the rock names are pronunciation guides and details about the rock.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Page 54-55 focus on "polishing rocks". There's a photo of an electric tumbler used to polish stones. There are photos of different types of grit, polished versus unpolished gems. An infographic reads "it takes about 1 month to tumble a gemstone."
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Pages 56-57 focus on Quartz. There are 7 photos of different types of quartz with their names and identifying details. There's an infographic in the top right showing the colour range. Underneath page title (Quartz) is a pronunciation guide for the word and main text about the rock.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Pages 80-81 are titled "cutting gems". There are pictures of white adult hands grinding a raw stone into shape. There is a photo each of a raw stone and sparkling gem. A step by step process explains how this is done.

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In My Book of Rocks and Minerals, you'll learn about 64 types of rocks and minerals. 
Learn where to find these treasures and how to differentiate between them. 
Did you know that there are glow in the dark minerals and living gems? Find out what our world is made of, how rocks and minerals form, and much more!
Written in accessible language for young readers to learn about science. 

Jo, from our Visitor Experience team, says: "as you'd expect from DK, this is a colourful, child-friendly book packed with information that kids will love and probably many adults don't know either! Do you know your amber from your copal, your crinoids from your coccoliths? Great illustrations of magnifications, rocks in situ and uses of these materials in real-life. My favourite bit is the rock cycle demonstration done with old wax crayons!" 
Additional Information: 
  • Author: Devin Dennie
  • Dorling Kindersley Publishers
  • 96-page hardback with colour images
  • Publication Date: 06/07/2017
  • 259 x 202 mm