Saturday, November 27, 2010

Give-away : Explore Rocks and Minerals

Hey there.
Nomad Press has sent us two copies of Explore Rocks and Minerals! - and one of them is, of course, for one of you.


Here's what the publisher has to say about the book:

Have you ever wondered what those sparkly specks in the piece of gravel in your driveway might be? Or why some crystals grow so big? In Explore Rocks and Minerals! kids can try activities that will help them figure out the answers, from testing minerals and making crystals, to making yummy models of the earth and volcanic meringue cookies. Explore Rocks and Minerals! presents an in-depth discussion of how minerals form, teaching readers ages 6–9 all about some of the most interesting and most common minerals. It also explores how and why the earth changes, including the rock cycles of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

The book introduces kids to fossils and what they tell us about the past, and how to start their own collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils. Sidebars about people in geology, such as a kid who helped discover a new kind of dinosaur, or a geologist who proposed a theory that no one else believed for a long time, help kids see the human side of geology. Kids can read about researchers who use cornstarch and water to learn more about how volcanic rocks form six-sided columns, then try exactly the same experiment themselves. Students and teachers can try the experiments and read through the book systematically to get the big picture, or they can pick out projects to try in any order.


We are just barely starting the book, so we cannot tell you a lot about it from our perspective--but we greatly enjoyed sharing our finds and excitement with you for FOOD - 25 Amazing Projects, so we'll do it that way again!

We'll keep the give-away open for probably about three weeks-- we'll let you know toward the end when we'll be closing it.

If you'd like to be entered for the drawing, here are the (same as usual) particulars--
  • one entry for leaving a comment
  • another entry if you are or become a follower
  • an extra entry if you blog or tweet or post on facebook.
  • You don't need to enter more than once - just say in your original entry if you're a follower (new or old - doesn't matter!), and if you have announced it elsewhere.

And wait!-- Don't forget to enter here for a beautiful set of the wooden block stilts made by Craftmatter! (Open to U.S. and Canada addresses, and they'll arrive in time for the holidays!)

33 comments:

  1. Oh how fun! We would love this!!

    I am a follower in my Reader as well :)

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  2. I always look forward to reading your blog. I love the ice lanterns but we live in the deep south and I do not think we will get to make them anytime soon. You make me almost wish I lived in the frozen north but not quite. LOL. I am a follower and would like to be entered in the drawing for the rocks book. Sounds like something my boys would like. Thanks for sharing your life with others, may you be blessed in many ways.

    Diane

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  3. Okay I'm gain, I don't try not to enter stuff I don't think we'll use but this is sounds good, I even facebooked it.

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  4. Yes, yes, yes...please enter us in the giveaway. It sounds like an AWESOME book.

    I'm a follower...of course. xo

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  5. Scout is such a 'rock-hound' - I'm sure he'd love this book. We already got the how and why books you recommended for his stocking...

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  6. I am a follower of your blog, and this book looks like something my daughters would really enjoy. They love "experiments" of all sorts.

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  7. Please enter us!
    Always a follower!

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  8. Us ancient followers would love to comment and say: looks like fun!!!

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  9. My son has a recent interest in rocks, so this would be great.

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  10. Rocks and minerals always seem to be a common theme around here, and there is soooo much to learn. So enter us in this one please:)

    I'll let you know if I do a post about it as well.

    Thanks!

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  11. What a great sounding book! My son has been collection rocks for years now...since he could walk:) I always love coming to your blog for joyful photos and inspiration!

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  12. My girls are getting a set of grow rocks for Christmas, this would go great with it!

    wpooh-9 at hotmail dot com

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  13. Longtime follower. My son would love this!

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  14. I'm a commenter and I follow.

    But, you knew that, didn't you? :)

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  15. This looks right up my son's alley! I am a follower, and I will post to fb agin. I posted when I won last time :)

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  16. LOVE your blog! Thank you so much...and I am a follower

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  17. Hi I'm a follower and I'm going to pop a note on my blog too.

    We love rocks and have a vast collection - this book looks like a lot of fun!

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  18. We would love to be entered in this giveaway: my daughters are fascinated with rocks and crystals!

    (I'm an old follower)

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  19. Looks like a fantastic book! My daughter would go crazy for it!

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  20. Please enter us! My rock loving children will love it.

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  21. I would love to have this book. My boys have collected rocks for years now. We also use rocks for their healing energies as well.

    Not only can we use the book at home, but I can use it at school as well.

    Have had it on my wish list to buy for awhile now.

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  22. Just read that we do not need to enter more than once. Sorry.

    I am a follower and will be writing it on FB too.

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  23. Hi, please enter us in this drawing, my son would love it.
    Thanks

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  24. I just discovered Nomad Press books at our library ( Explore Winter) and am loving them. So glad you have this giveaway. We would love to win!

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  25. Hey we would love a copy of this, even if after reading your blog it looks like we will need a bit of imagination to moisten up the dry parts, lol! I know just what you mean though, we have tried other rocks and stones books, and some of the stuff in them can be a little over my head, let alone the kids.
    Oh and I am a faithful follower, lol!

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  26. My nerdy little geologist girlie would LOVE this book, I betcha! Of COURSE I'm a follower, and I fb'd it, too, because I want to win!

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  27. Well, this book sounds like something right up my kids' alley—especially my boy. We have a relative who's a geologist. We've had quite a few talks about him and what he does. It'd be lovely to understand it more!

    Thanks for the comprehensive review, too, Stephanie!

    Oh, and yep, I follow you, yes I surely do!

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  28. I've two girly fossil nuts here - they would love go through the experiments.. I follow on Google Reader (don't know if that counts?) but I am in the UK. Love your blog :-)

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  29. We would be all over that!

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Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!