If Stones Could Speak
by Marc Aronson

Price at time of review: $17.95
64 pp.
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC
2010
ISBN: 9781426305993


Grade Level: 6-8

Reviewed by Juliana Texley
NSTA Web Field Editor


The big, beautiful format and narrative style of this National Geographic book will attract even reluctant readers who will be fascinated by a topic often woven into science fiction books. But this is pure science, with a great, true story that carries the reader from Madagascar to the Salisbury plains to share the methods of a multidisciplinary team. This book was named an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011.

The content integrates geography, history, archaepology, astronomy, and geology in a powerful mystery tale. While the book might be most conveniently used in the middle school where this area of course content is more often linked to social studies, it will fascinate secondary and adult readers too. Two timelines—one of discoveries and one historical—put the text in context. Biographic vignettes of noted archaeologists and a glossary help readers appreciate the impact of the "aha" discoveries in this book.


Review posted on 3/1/2011


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