Good Morning. With the sun making a regular appearance these days and our NeighbourWood Walks finally started back up, we are spending a whole lot more time outside right now.
My scientist kid told me the other day that she wants to be a paleontologist (actual use of the word, which makes my jaw drop) when she grows up because rocks and bones are cool.
Not having expected a dinosaur lover out of my seafaring tiny person, I was ill prepared for the whole thing about why dinos are dead. Apparently it’s a combination of “lava that melted them”, “ice that made them into cubes”, and “giant planets that blew up and made the dinosaurs explode.”
Whatever the reason for their disappearance, we are in the middle of some serious rock exploration around here in an attempt to find our very own ancient animal and I needed something in the realm of a guide book to lend a hand with the huge gaps that sleeping through freshman geology left in my life.
She actually could care less about the dinosaur part in terms of information. But, whoa can that kid quiz the bark off a tree about rocks.
Why? Where? How?
That’s all I get these days.
So, about a month ago I was at Blue Heron Books in Comox and discovered A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles by Eileen Van der Flier Keller.
This coastal British Columbia-focused pull-out guide is just the speed for a curious kid with a rock fascination.
It’s got what kind of rocks may contain fossils (oh you can bet we are currently on the hunt for Mudstone), lots of cool things to look for when identifying types of rocks and really gets at it from a kid perspective.
I love it because it’s laminated (major bonus since anyone who has met our daughter has seen her soaked from head to toe in the middle of water). She loves it because it has put her on course to find those elusive dino bones that will bring her current life plan within reach.
Right next to it in our map box in the truck is A Field Guide to Seashells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Harbo.
Also published by Harbour Publishing, this kid-friendly guide is a great resource in the tide pools. Getting the chance to figure out what kind of creature each shell used to contain is a great way to get kids thinking about the sea.
We have literally spent hours on the beach with this guide spread out collecting as many of the shells in it as we can find. It’s also great for keeping kids busy who would otherwise require fishing out of the deep water (only if you’d worn jeans and your good shoes though, never when you are in shorts and Crocs. That would be too easy).
I pretty much consider them an invaluable addition to our hands-on nature learning collection.
You can pick them up at Blue Heron Books in Comox or you can leave a comment here about your major obsession as a kid and get entered into the drawing to win both of these guides.
Winners from our last giveaway are Danielle, Jen Dodd and Charmaine
Covers courtesy of Harbour Publishing
About the Author (Author Profile)Robin Rivers is Our Big Earth’s Publisher and Sr. Partner. Able to survive on coffee alone. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.
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