________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005

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Fossils: Clues to Ancient Life. (Rocks, Minerals, and Resources).

Rona Arato.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $10.76 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1451-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1419-5 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Fossils-Juvenile literature.
Paleontology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

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Sand and Soil: Earth's Building Blocks. (Rocks, Minerals, and Resources).

Beth Gurney.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $10.76 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1449-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1417-9 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Soils-Juvenile literature.
Sand-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4


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Metals: Shaping Our World. (Rocks, Minerals, and Resources).

John Zronik.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $10.76 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1450-0 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1418-7 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Metals-Juvenile literature.
Mines and mineral resources-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4


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World of Water: Essential to Life. (Rocks, Minerals, and Resources).

Rona Arato.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $10.76 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1448-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1416-0 (RLB).

Subject Heading:
Water-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

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Graywater can be reused for other purposes, such as landscape irrigation. Using graywater saves freshwater for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Graywater is good for the soil but should not be used on edible plants, such as vegetables. Graywater lowers freshwater use, relieves the strain on treatment facilities, conserves energy, and reclaims nutrients that would otherwise be wasted. Graywater is often used to water large green areas such as golf courses and public parks. (From World of Water: Essential to Life.)

 
 

Crabtree Publishing has produced a series of 10 books in the “Rocks, Minerals and Resources” series. The four titles reviewed here are part of this series and will interest children who are intrigued by science or who are learning about these topics in class.

     Following Crabtree's typical format, the books have 32 pages, with a table of contents that introduces each topic in two-page spreads, building from the simplest understanding to the more complex industrial uses of each resource. Colour drawings, as well as photographs, decorate the pages, and banners representative of each topic (e.g. water, fossils) on each page. Each page looks “busy,” with bold type, different font types and a large font size, but the presentation is not overwhelming.

     Each topic is subdivided with one paragraph explanations which are clearly written at the target age level. Bolded words are explained in a glossary at the end of each book where an index is also located. Subdivided topics are elaborated clearly, offering everything from historical and scientific information to and suggestions for the conservation of resources.

 

Carbon dioxide is a gas released by burning fossil fuels. When automobiles and factories release too much carbon dioxide, the atmosphere overheats. Scientists call this the greenhouse effect or global warming. Too much warming may melt the polar ice caps, raising the level of seawater and causing massive floods along shorelines and in coastal cities. (From Fossils: Clues to Ancient Life.)

 

     These books will be a welcome addition to a school or classroom library.

Highly Recommended.

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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