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Children's Nonfiction Rocks & Minerals

A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles

by (author) Eileen Van der Flier-Keller

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Rocks & Minerals, Rocks & Minerals
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3


Have you ever been walking at the beach and wondered what that pebble or rock is, or do you ever wonder what stories rocks tell? If so, then this is the guide for you. The Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles , a full colour, waterproof, accordion folded, easy to use guide with over 80 beautiful photographs of pebbles from beaches and rivers. Use the photos to identify over 28 different types of rocks and minerals. A great resource for Earth Science curriculum units in schools, the short text deals with how rocks form and how to tell if a rock is igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic. It also provides some fun facts about minerals in our daily lives.

About the author

Eileen Van der Flier-Keller is a geologist and Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Victoria. She is passionate about rocks, beaches and teaching students and teachers about the stories rocks tell us about our Earth's history. She is the author of the South Vancouver Island Earth Science Fun Guide and lives in Victoria with her family, Peter, Connor and Alison.

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Librarian Reviews

A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles

This laminated leaflet provides photographs and basic information to identify common rocks and pebbles found in BC. It gives information on the three major types of rocks and explains how pebbles are formed from them. Useful as a first step, it will probably send young rock hounds looking for more in-depth material.

Laminated foldout format will be difficult to process and shelve in a library.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles

This colour fold-out guide covers the three different groups of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic). Its photos and short text identify over 28 different kinds of rocks and minerals. More than 80 photographs of pebbles are included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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