One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain

one million oysters on top of the mountain

Every time I go out into nature with my grandchildren ... and children...I think about all the stories that are around us and how so many of those stories are practically invisible to us partly because we don't know how to see the....or "read" them.

This wonderful book sounds like it feels the same way and knows how to change that and how to empower us to see the hidden wonder.

It begins with inviting us to step outside and come along for a walk in the natural world. Asks us if we have noticed certain things in the pictures and even points out a few we might have missed. Look down, look around, look up to see the cloud above and then.....look way out there, way ahead, and see if you can spot the rocks. Well, okay, but why we would want to spot the rocks?

Keep going.... because something amazing is about to happen. You see, you and I are about to climb up to the very top of a hill and when we look down at our feet, at all those rocks, we're going to see something else. It will be something we don't expect to see there. It will be something we might not understand.

Aha! So, that's where the story will unfold and layers and layers of wonderful information about what you see sometimes on a mountain top, what the cutaway of a mountain side, all those cool things..what do they tell us? How do we read them?

It's fun. It's brilliant. It's learning beyond the flora and the fauna to millions and millions of years ago. That's quite a story.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


Come closer and look at these rocks: they’re not normal stones at all! They’re thousands and thousands of mollusks, fossilized together in the sediment. But how did a million oysters ever land on top of a mountain?

Written by a geologist, this inquisitive journey guides readers through the movements of seas, strata, and tectonic plates. The landscapes of the present can be clues to events in the past. Lush, atmospheric illustrations offer fascinating details to discover, and sidebars and an extensive glossary provide intriguing connections to marine biology and scientific history.

A compelling introduction to earth science, this book will encourage readers to ask questions, think critically, and embrace their curiosity about the natural world.---from the publisher

48 pages                                    978-0802855695                              Ages 7-11

Keywords:  geology, how things work, marine biology, world history, narrative nonfiction, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, Science Curriculum, STEM

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