Saturday, April 11, 2015

Review: A Rock Can Be..., by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija

A Rock Can Be . . .

A rock can be a...
Dinosaur bone
Hopscotch marker
Fire sparker

I took this book on our trip, guessing that rocks would figure in many of our activities. Most mothers of boys know to check their sons' pockets before doing laundry, but it is actually Sheridan who most often fills hers (and then Daddy's, if he is handy) with rocks of interest. We like to climb rocks, throw rocks, stack rocks, and in Shane's case, eat rocks, if we can get away with it.

We first read the book a few days before we left, and the kids were quite impressed with the way birds can swallow rocks to help them grind their food. We tried to distract Shane during that part, but if you saw the post of our first day out (at the City of Rocks, no less!), you know he was obviously listening. We tried to note and keep track of different types of rocks we saw, and different ways they were used, and I think we hit on just about every example in the book!

If nothing else, this book is a great way to get kids thinking about the different ways something simple, like a rock, can be used or enjoyed. Salas has two similar books: Water Can Be, which we have here at the library, and A Leaf Can Be, which we will be getting soon. Both are also illustrated by Dabija, in soft but dramatic tones. All must-haves and I don't know how we missed the leaf one!

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