Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston. Cat Bowman Smith, illustrator of the MathStart book Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop, lives in New York City.
Murphy turns his considerable talents to the concept of classification in this MathStart title. Murphy's forte is explaining complex topics in a down-to-earth manner, and that's just what he's done here. Along the way he also includes a good deal of information about rocks, minerals, and the scientific method. Smith's full color illustrations capture the excitement of rock hunting and include many geological and equipment details. A good introduction to primary geology units or lessons on classification. Activity suggestions for adults and kids are appended.ALA Booklist