I'm Trying to Love Rocks
I'm Trying to Love Rocks

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Annotation: The fourth totally awesome, funny, and incredibly informative book in the "I'm Trying to Love..." book series! Think roc... more
Catalog Number: #219711
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: STEAM STEAM
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-451-48095-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8409-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-451-48095-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8409-2
Dewey: 808
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
In this lively picture book, a Black girl who loves geology attempts to convert an unseen, initially snarky onlooker (a stand-in for the book's audience), who yawns at the thought of rocks. First the enthusiast says that geology isn't just rocks; it's also volcanoes, diamonds, and fossils. Next she explains how "boring" rocks can change into "fiery liquid rock" (lava) during the rock cycle, in which one type of rock is transformed into another. After the unseen character asks a rhetorical question, the enthusiastic girl immediately counters that the asker would make a good scientist, because "Science isn't about having the answers 's about asking questions." Finally, she welcomes her gradually converted listener into the Rock Club. As in Barton's I'm Trying to Love Spiders (2015) and Give Bees a Chance (2017), the conversational text is so engaging that the information becomes more interesting and easier to absorb. With an energetic, disarmingly childlike look, the illustrations help viewers visualize and understand the concepts described. A welcome addition to this popular series.
Kirkus Reviews
This metafictional picture book about the science of rocks is saved by a child who jumps in to convince readers—and the book itself—that rocks are fascinating.“This is a book about geology!” the first spread exclaims. A rock is declared “so rock-like” and “hard” before the narrator realizes that rocks “don’t really do much” and gives up, announcing “THE END.” But before readers can shut the book, a black girl with frizzy hair and large eyes calls out from the white space, “Wait!” In a back and forth with the narrator, the young scientist keeps the book going by pointing out that all the exciting topics the narrator is ready to move on to (volcanoes, diamonds, or fossils) are all a part of geology. The girl, who happens to be president of the rock club, takes on the challenge of making the narrator love rocks. Their humorous, tongue-in-cheek interaction will keep children entertained, all while educating readers about the science of geology, from the rock cycle to the process by which gemstones are formed. Chock full of facts, diagrams, and examples, including fun end pages, this book will reward readers who return to it frequently. Bold lines, lively colors, and clever use of white space make for an eye-catching read.Playfully persuades the most rock-averse readers to love rocks. (Informational picture book. 5-9)
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 2 This charming, brightly colored book shares a heap of information about Earth and rocks, resulting in a playful primer in geology. In the same vein as her previous title, ( I'm Trying To Love Math ), Barton pairs a slightly bored, disembodied narrator with a character who is passionate about the subject in question; in this case, the young president of the geology club. With her enthusiastic guidance, the second character comes to understand the wonderful world of geology, from the names and classifications of rocks to questions about how islands and diamonds are formed. Barton offers an engaging overview of some core concepts of geology, providing facts and figures without overwhelming readers and emphasizing the exciting aspects of questioning and exploration in science. A lovely touch: The endpapers at the start of the book have a host of different rocks, each labeled "rock," while the endpapers at the back show the same rocks correctly labeled. VERDICT A delightful presentation of what might otherwise seem like dry information. Purchase immediately for elementary nonfiction collections for a playful introduction to the world of rocks. Jen McConnel, Queen's University, Ont .
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
This metafictional picture book about the science of rocks is saved by a child who jumps in to convince readers—and the book itself—that rocks are fascinating.“This is a book about geology!” the first spread exclaims. A rock is declared “so rock-like” and “hard” before the narrator realizes that rocks “don’t really do much” and gives up, announcing “THE END.” But before readers can shut the book, a black girl with frizzy hair and large eyes calls out from the white space, “Wait!” In a back and forth with the narrator, the young scientist keeps the book going by pointing out that all the exciting topics the narrator is ready to move on to (volcanoes, diamonds, or fossils) are all a part of geology. The girl, who happens to be president of the rock club, takes on the challenge of making the narrator love rocks. Their humorous, tongue-in-cheek interaction will keep children entertained, all while educating readers about the science of geology, from the rock cycle to the process by which gemstones are formed. Chock full of facts, diagrams, and examples, including fun end pages, this book will reward readers who return to it frequently. Bold lines, lively colors, and clever use of white space make for an eye-catching read.Playfully persuades the most rock-averse readers to love rocks. (Informational picture book. 5-9)
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Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews (4/1/20)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2

The fourth totally awesome, funny, and incredibly informative book in the "I'm Trying to Love..." book series!

Think rocks are boring? Hard to like? Kinda just sit there, doing nothing?
Why even write a whole book about them??
Bethany Barton will tell you why . . . because we wouldn't be here if there were no rocks!
From the Grand Canyon to volcanos to diamonds and fossils, geology--the study of rocks--shows us where we've been and where we're going. With tons of humor and scores of fascinating facts, Bethany Barton introduces younger readers to geology and why rocks matter . . . enough to write a whole book about them!


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