presented book takes readers on a 4.6 billion year time travel adventure
to explore the rocks, minerals, fossils and other life of planet earth, with
particular focus on Australia.
visual cues, pop up boxes and colourful, engaging illustrations, we are taken
by the hand through geological concepts and history to discover the wonders (and
possible treasures!) of the world beneath our feet.
is transported into ideas around the evolution of life on earth and the wonder
of geological time. How old is the earth? How are precious gems created? What
creatures used to live on the earth? These questions and more are answered in
interesting and accessible ways.
wouldn’t want to jump headfirst into an information box titled How To Read
Mud? Curious Clues In Our Bodies and Rocks You Can Taste are
two of my other personal favourite headings! This entertaining book contains something
for every young reader to become intrigued by and enthused about.
who had to give myself a stern talking to about removing rocks from central
Australia (I didn’t!), and then as the parent of a child-turned-geological
engineer who was always keen to carry home just one more rock from the
river or the mountains, I can confidently attest to the power and allure of
this book. It will definitely satisfy every child’s longing for greater
understanding of mother earth.
it’s a school project on fossils or a deep dive into volcanoes, plate tectonics
and the formation of rocks and gems, it seems to me that anything which
encourages children to think more broadly about our precious planet has to be a
And a book like
this one is a hands-down winner.
Title: Rocks, Fossils And Formations – Discoveries Through Time
Author: Thomas R H Woolrych
Illustrator: Anna Madeleine Raupach
Publisher: CSIRO, $29.99
Publication Date: February 2023
For ages: 9 -14
Type: Junior Non-fiction