A Rock Can Be – Laura Purdie Salas

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP
  • Series: Millbrook Picture Books
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (March 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467721107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467721103

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
As they did in A Leaf Can Be…(2012) and Water Can Be… (2014), Salas and Dabija have teamed up for this third imaginative creation. Simple rhymes and verses relate various aspects of a rock, explaining how it can be used as “a hopscotch marker” or as a “fire sparker.” Listeners meanwhile absorb delicious synonyms and adjectives for a rock that they may have originally thought of as an ordinary object. To help augment their imaginations and knowledge, there are appended pages where children can find a glossary, as well as learn additional facts, such as how rocks can be used to create harbors or how chickens swallow pebbles to help digest their food. Dabija uses traditional as well as digital techniques to illustrate with a bright, colorful palette that is appealing to children. Purchase for your rock hounds or where the earlier books in this series are popular.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Rationale for Inclusion:
Rocks capture the imaginations of many young children, and they will no doubt be delighted by this rhyming book. Introduces topics like geology, color, and imagery.

Bonus: Is your child a rock hound? Check out this collection of children’s books about rocks.


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