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Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop by Stuart J. Murphy

Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop

Written by Stuart J. Murphy
Illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith
Part of the MathStart 3 Series

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Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop by Stuart J. Murphy

Josh is the best collector on the block. And now he has something new to collect - rocks! Soon Josh and his best friend, Amy, have so many rocks they need to organize their collection. But how? Young collectors will be fascinated by all there is to know about rocks and about classifying - sorting and organizing objects by attributes like color, shape, or size. Grab your rock hammer and join the fun with this entertaining story by Stuart J. Murphy and lively art by Cat Bowman Smith.


Murphy turns his considerable talents to the concept of classification in this MathStart title. Murphy's forte is explaining complex topics in a down-to-earth manner, and that's just what he's done here. Along the way he also includes a good deal of information about rocks, minerals, and the scientific method. Smith's full color illustrations capture the excitement of rock hunting and include many geological and equipment details. A good introduction to primary geology units or lessons on classification. Activity suggestions for adults and kids are appended.ALA Booklist

About the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston. Cat Bowman Smith, illustrator of the MathStart book Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop, lives in New York City.

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40 pages


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Publication date

1st February 2000



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