Rocks and Minerals – DK – Review

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Today I’d like to share with you a new book from DK. I recently had the opportunity to pick 3 books from DK to add to our home library and I chose these two:

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and I chose My Book of Rocks and Minerals.

Rocks and Minerals DKTitle: My Book of Rocks and Minerals
Published By: Dorling Kindersley, 2017
ISBN:  9781465461902

There are a number of reasons why I picked this book – firstly, because both my children love rocks and have loved them from the very first moment and secondly because both my Mom and Dad were in the Geology Program at Brock University (when I was born) and as a result, I love rocks too! I remember many times when I was growing up being with my Mom at the University while she analyzed samples from Dr. Terasmae under a microscope. I also remember when my Dad took me on adventures where we went fossil hunting in old quarries. I totally loved fossil hunting and to this day when I find a rock with fossils in it I get excited!

My daughter Darla has a keen interest in fossils, rocks and minerals and this book is one I selected specifically for her. I had to go searching for it today to write my review because as soon as she saw it, it vanished from my desk and into her room. She has bookmarked (with slips of paper) the pages in the book which include information about Amethysts. She recently picked up a small piece of amethyst and is interested in learning more about it.


My Book of Rocks and Minerals

Things to find, collect, and treasure!

Learn more about rocks, minerals, gems and fossils! My Book of Rocks and Minerals includes fantastic images and facts about fossils, rocks, gems and minerals from the Earth and Outer Space! This book is set up as a visual reference guide and includes information about how geological formations form, how different rocks are mined and what they can be used for. Learn the proper pronunciation for each rock and mineral and how to create your own rock collection.

Discover different glow in the dark rocks, living gems and find out which rocks were used in different historical settings and even found in ancient artifacts – like the rock used to create Tutankhamun’s eyebrows! Or look up information about your birthstone.

You will find the following sections included in the book:

  • Rock or Mineral?
  • Where to find gems
  • Unearthing minerals
  • Equipment
  • Rock hunting
  • Creating a collection
  • What is a rock?
  • Rock Cycle
  • Granite
  • Oisidan
  • Basalt

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  • Unakite
  • Pumice
  • Diorite
  • Volcanoes
  • Limestone
  • Flint
  • Sandstone
  • Shale
  • Coal
  • Fossils
  • Marble
  • Schist
  • Lapis lazuli
  • Gneiss
  • Slate
  • Hornfels
  • Uses of rocks
  • What is a mineral?
  • Crystals
  • Mineral shapes
  • Identification
  • Hard or soft?
  • Polishing rocks

Polishing Rocks - Rocks and Minerals, DK Book Review

  • Quartz

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  • Amazonite
  • Hematite
  • Pyrite
  • Metals from minerals
  • Jade
  • Tourmaline
  • Mica
  • Moonstoon
  • Chalcedony
  • Geodes
  • Garnet
  • Laradorite
  • Sodalite
  • Turquoise
  • Fluorite
  • Rhodonite
  • Glow in the dark
  • Cutting gems

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  • Precious gems
  • Living gems
  • How a pearl is made
  • Birthstones
  • All together

This book is filled with detailed color photographs, diagrams and intriguing facts. This is the perfect book for little rock hounds and amateur geologists. They can spend hours browsing through the pictures of different rocks, gems and minerals and learn interesting details about each one. They can even learn how to start their own rock collection, how to classify their rocks and minerals and how to properly clean and store their finds. If you love rocks, this is a great first book to have in your collection!

You can purchase your own copy of  directly from Amazon.

All images are used with permission from DK Canada Books. For more information about DK Canada Books – visit their WebsiteFacebook or Twitter!



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  1. Thank you for the review of this book, it comes at a perfect time, as Mike found a fossilized geode and now wants to buy a rock tumbler to use with fiona 🙂

    is there an Amazan CA link to buy this book that you can share?