Hands-On Science: Geology

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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023

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Press Here meets Bill Nye the Science Guy in this interactive STEM picture book about rocks, minerals, and Earth science.

Welcome to the geology lab! In this interactive picture book, young scientists use their imagination to bring experiments to life. They slide tectonic plates together to create earthquakes, blow on a mountain to make a volcano erupt, and press their hands in mud to make a fossil. After predicting what will happen next, eager readers turn the page to see the results.

Educator and author Lola M. Schaefer draws on her years in the classroom to make science fun and accessible. Back matter includes a simple experiment for investigating rocks and minerals in the real world.
Press Here meets Bill Nye the Science Guy in this interactive STEM picture book about rocks, minerals, and Earth science.

Welcome to the geology lab! In this interactive picture book, young scientists...

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A simplified book on geology with drawings for children, suitable for children from 5 to 7 years old and may help them study and suitable for adults and parents who do not know much about geology, it contains scientific terminology that may be a good start to form a great future knowledge about geology, the book is interactive From the child to do some things that entail geological events that may change the world, such as putting his hand on the pages and counting millions of years to form fossils, or moving the tectonic plates to cause an earthquake or tsunami. I enjoyed the book and I hope that the children will enjoy it.

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This book was so fun and interactive! I loved the kinetic learning instructions! I think they are an excellent way for children to make connections with the motions and the science that aligns with them. I loved the artwork and the simplified explanations. There are fun activities at the back of the book to keep the learning going!

Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review!

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This is a very cute book about geology for kids age 4-6 or so. My 9-year-old enjoyed it and thought it was funny (although they were a bit perplexed by the book telling them to do things like "tap three times" and then nothing happening lol) but is definitely older than the target age for the book.

I like that it has that interactive "slam the book shut to put out the fire" style. I think that would make it more engaging for little kids. It has a lot more information in it than one usually gets in books for really little kids so that's a win.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for providing an early copy for review.

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This is a wonderful book to introduce young kids to rocks but it is wildly misrepresented. It’s interactive and fun, with instructions like rub your hands together to make them warm and then put them on this rock to change it through heat and pressure, and trace this river with your finger again and again to carve a canyon. It is not a lab or book of experiments though. The end has one very simple activity showing the Moh’s scale (though I don’t think she ever says the name) where kids can try to carve rocks with a fingernail and nail to see how soft they are, but otherwise it’s a very entertaining interactive book on basic geology, along the lines of the “press this button” books (side note that I’ve seen a couple of reviewers who seemed perplexed nothing happened— it’s a book and of course nothing happened!).

It’s great fun and ingeniously teaches kids about geology and the rock cycle. Just don’t expect it to be full of real hands on science activities.

I read a temporary digital copy of this book for review.

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Hands-On Science - Geology by Lola M. Schaefer - 5/5

This is a great book for anyone who loves digging in the dirt and finding something new, old or shiny. This is a fast-paced interactive picture book that brings many experiments to life. Hands-On Science is a great addition to anyone's library, it is a great story for children who want to dig, those who loves to see pictures, and many who love the science.

Children's nonfiction - Science
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Hands-On Science: Geology is a fun and cute children's book that explains scientific concepts in a memorable way. The illustrations were endearing and the hands-on instructions were a great way to connect kiddos to what they're learning. We plan to use this book for storytimes in our library once we get a physical copy.

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What a fun way for children to learn about geology! This was very entertaining and done in a great way to keep you interested. Well done!

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The book "Hands-On Science: Geology", written by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Druscilla Santiago, takes children on a pictorial tour through the vast expanse of the field of Geology. It starts with telling what Geology is and the various topics that are studied in it. Several concepts involved in the study of Geology are introduced next. But it does not stop there, instead goes on narrating various applications of studying Geology.

In fact, by the end of the book, the writer has already conveyed the idea that there is almost no area in modern society that does not carry any imprint of Geology — from pen and pencil to rockets and launch vehicles. It starts with Earth, and then throws a cursory glance at other planetary bodies — Moon, Mars, asteroids. And it accomplishes all this with the help of several light and clear illustrations accompanied by short text in the form of verses. The overall style of the book is entertaining and free of errors.

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Hands-On Science Geology is a fun, hands-on experience for kids to learn about the basics of geology and earth science. The pictures in this book are fun. I love the idea of an interactive book where kids can actually touch things and engage in tactile learning! Wonderful introduction to geology, which is one of the lesser studied science fields. I love seeing STEM books aimed at young kids. Pique their interest young! 🌋😂

Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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Want to know more about basic geology with the kidz? This interactive STEM picture book is the very thing to do just that! We loved it!
The illustrations by Druscilla Santiago are simple, clear, nearly realistic and quite effective.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Charlesbridge via NetGalley. Thank you!

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fantastic book for any kids who loves rocks and wants to learn more about them!

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Fans of Christy Matheson and Herve Toulet will love this non-fiction touch and change book. The book is only interactive in that it tells you to "warm your hands", "draw a ring around the core", etc. and the next page shows a new illustration, but kids will love the interaction, and they'll learn a lot in the process as well!

I will definitely be adding this to my nonfiction collection--it looks like a fun way to learn about our planet and the evolution of rocks, volcanos, and more.

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Hands-On Science: Geology is an engaging and interactive read tailored to young children. During the course of the story, the audience is invited to enter the doors of an imaginary geology lab. The door doesn't take the reader into a traditional lab with four walls, it leads to Earth itself.

The book discusses a wide range of geology topics including the layers of the Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes, fossils, the formation of rocks, and more. The explanations are clear, concise, and well-suited to children ages 4-6.

At the end of the story, the author has provided an opportunity for the audience to take their learning further. Children, with the help of a grown-up, are invited to take part in a hands on experiment exploring the hardness of various rocks. The activity uses very simple methods to complete rudimentary scratch tests on 7 rocks. The materials required for the experiment are easy to obtain.

Hands-On Science: Geology is a wonderful first introduction to the world of earth science.

Kind thanks to Charlesbridge and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy of Hands-On Science: Geology.

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