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mangoat

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Books on Rocks/Minerals
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:22:05 PM »
Hey Guys,

So my daughter has a problem.  She has decided she wants to start collecting rocks and stuff, and as much as I am trying to support it, we have NFI what rocks she has and we struggle to remember what she buys.  She is only 5.  Given time, we will start to take her fossicking for her own raw stones and minerals.  But until then, when we go to gemstone displays and the like, she can continue to buy some she likes.

We are after a book that we can use to identify and then list her collection with her.  Anyone got any ideas on what we could buy and where from?

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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 08:05:28 AM »
Best one with photos I can think of is Gemstones & Minerals of Australia by Lin Sutherland  & Gayle Webb.Try ebay for about $15 plus postage or Australian Museum in Sydney.
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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 07:49:20 PM »
Many years ago there was AUSTRALIAN GEMSTONES by N&R Perry which had pictures of gemstones and roughly where to find them. It's a nice intro book. 

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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 08:03:27 AM »
An old one from the 1070's is A Field Guide to Australian Rocks, Minerals & Gemstones by Wolf Mayer.About $10 try second hand shops or ebay.
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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 10:08:52 PM »
A REALLY good source of such books is your local second hand book sales.
Lions or Rotary usually put them on around my area and I actually volunteer to help the local Lions group.
I told them their non-fiction books were a bit 'disorganised' so they stepped up and asked if I would like to sort them for them.
I couldn't help myself and it is a lot of fun :)

Some events are really well organised and others are a bit of a fire hazzard :D
I went to the Armidale NSW Rotary book sale a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it was very well organised and had lots of really good non-fiction books.

Most book sales only have a small section for science and its a bit of pot luck. But for ~$2 per book, you can't go wrong.
If you look around most of these events, some very good books turn up though you might have to look in other sections.
Sometimes you just have to get creative. I've found mineral books in new age sections (somebody saw the crystal cover)
and I've found geology books in the travel section or Australiana section.

The rotary book sale at Armidale had several tables of science and non fiction books. Obviously a lot are written for adults, but there were quite a few that were what I considered to be a primary school level.  And I would not let that stop your little girl from looking through the adult books and picking out anything that she likes.  I can remember some of the advanced books I picked up as a kid which were still very entertaining and later educational.
And I never underestimate the abilities of children to learn advanced things very quickly if they like the subject. My young fella has a flare for cosmology which is disturbing and I have to explain things he's read in some of my books to help him make sense of them. Relativity is a bit hard to grasp for most adults let alone a 10 year old.

 At the sales there are usually a few kids looking for astronomy and science books in the adult section and I take note of what they pick up.

I also check the childrens section and I can find just as many good books there. There are always a couple of children's books on subject like crystals or fossils and  simple science like geology.  I'm always surprised that some person has taken the time to publish a non fiction book for children that doesn't dumb things down but still keeps the subject interesting. 

Consider taking your daughter to the local library and having a look through some of the books there.
You can guide her to things she might be interested in and then you can take a back seat and watch what catches her attention. :)
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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2018, 08:14:38 AM »
A REALLY good source of such books is your local second hand book sales.

Some events are really well organised and others are a bit of a fire hazzard :D
I went to the Armidale NSW Rotary book sale a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it was very well organised and had lots of really good non-fiction books.


Al good advice.  My oldest son went to the Armidale book sale recently and got some fantastic bargains for his collection of education resources.  You need time to go through these types of sales thoroughly but it is time well spent.

Definitely check out the library as well.

With this sort of thing, you really need a few books.  A book will typically only give one photo as an example of a type of mineral/gem and it may not look much like your example.  But if you build a library, then it helps.

Plus look at mindat.org - they have a great photo library with information on location as well so you can look at examples that are from your locality.  Obviously not as portable as a book or easy to use for a kid but good to add to the toolkit.

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Re: Books on Rocks/Minerals
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2018, 06:35:08 AM »
Hi Mangoat,


I am always impressed by a child that is interested in lapidary.
I myself was interested early and joined a lapidary club at the age of 10, my mother bought me my first book which was Australian and New Zealand Gemstones, how and where to find them by Bill Myatt, a large and impressive book but a goodie.


These days I am impressed by the more recent and modern series called The Crystal Bible, a definitive guide to crystals, by Judy Hall, so far there are 3 books in the series, they aren't a very big books only about 6 inches square, but an inch to an inch and quarter thick, they are very informative and plenty of coloured pictures of the the stones in the ruff and polished forms.


The Crystal Bible isn't very expensive, I've seen it priced from $15 to $30 depending where you are buying it from, you can usually find it in these new age shops that sell crystals, incense, tarot cards all that sort of stuff, when I was young we used to call them Hippie shops. You could also go online to find it! Try a shop in Port Melbourne called Crystal Universe, I know they sell it but whether online or not I don't know!


There is: The Crystal Bible
              The Crystal Bible 2
              The Crystal Bible 3


I hope this helps to keep that spark alive, once you nurture there interest it can become something that lasts a life time!!!


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