As a teacher I am always in search of books that will keep my students captivated. Even though I do not teach science, after reading Renee Hand’s book The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case # 2: Mineral Mischief, I am certain this fun book can be used as a resource to get second and third graders interested in science.
This book satisfies the requirement of the National Science Education Standards for Earth and Space Science. The author uses animal characters to introduce in concrete ways information about rocks. The story starts with Maple Moo, a cow whose rare mineral goes missing.
Maple Moo seeks the help of two famous detectives, Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, to help her recover the missing mineral. Will the detectives be able to find the missing mineral? The twists and turns will keep the young reader in suspense until the very end, all the while he or she will be learning about minerals and rocks.
I am hugely impressed with the author’s abilities to present a wealth of information in a hands-on way. Most children are visual learners, and this is what makes The Adventures very valuable in a science classroom.
The author also includes a picture of the rock cycle, terminology, a ‘Did You Know’ section, which gives tons of extra information about rocks and minerals.
Various experiments and works on inquiries, creating charts and using variables and constants to determine an outcome of particular rocks and elements are also included at the back of the book.
The humorous illustrations by Jake Karwoski make the book even more appealing to the reader. The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill Case # 2 is a book, in my opinion, every science teacher should have in her classroom.