Stone Wall Secrets
Kristine and Robert Thorson
Illustrated by Gustav Moore
Hardcover, $16.95, ISBN 978-0-88448-195-9
Paperback, $7.95, ISBN 978-0-88448-229-1
9 x 10, 40 pages, color illustrations
Stone Wall Secrets Teacher's Guide:
Notable Books for Children, 1998
"Readers will never look at old stones the same way again."
—Debra Briatico, Children's Literature
". . . chock-full of real geology, in plain English that will make sense to children and laymen alike. . . . should be in every library that provides science books to children."
A children's science book explores the ages through geology; accompanied by an engaging teacher's guide.
What can the rocks in old stone walls tell us about how the earth's crust was shaped, melted by volcanoes, carved by glaciers, and worn by weather? And what can they tell us about earlier people on the land and the first settlers? As Adam and his grandfather work together to repair the family farm's old stone walls, Adam learns how fascinating geology can be, and how the everyday landscape provides intriguing clues to the past. Stone Wall Secrets also shows positive family dynamics between different generations and different races in an adoptive family. Gus Moore's richly detailed paintings are the perfect complement to a story full of imagery and wonder.
For information about Robert: www.stonewall.uconn.edu
Ruth Deike, a geologist with the U. S. Geologic Survey for more than thirty years and the founder of The Rock Detective, a non-profit educational organization, brings boundless energy to teaching school children about earth science. Her Teacher's Guide incorporates the imagery and wonder of Stone Wall Secrets with hands-on classroom activities that illustrate basic earth science concepts, opening doors into ideas and concepts more beautiful and wild than Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman combined! Working with the National Science Education Standards, she has created a variety of exciting activities, from exploring the earth's building blocks to studying volcanoes to posing intriguing questions such as, Does the Earth itch? Or, Will there be another ice age?
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