Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall.
Salis presents very basic information about rocks in a matter-of-fact way. The text of the body of the book is short and to-the-point. Dabija’s illustrations are quite the opposite. They are detailed, soft and emotive—lovely. A really nice juxtaposition, in my opinion.
However, after the main body of the book Salis loads the last five pages with back matter that offers a truck load of interesting, unusual and educational details about rocks. She also includes bibliographic information for “Further Reading.
A Rock Can Be… is a wonderful addition to a media center, library, classroom or homeschool.
I bought A Rock Can Be… used. And I love that numerous children signed the front of the book indicating they had read it. One child noted that “Ms. Wheatley’s class read this book.”
It seems that Ms. Wheatley, or someone, recorded grades in the back of the book. Hmmm. Were these oral reading grades? Reports about rocks grades? Vocabulary test grades? Rock collections? The teacher in me is curious to know.
If your children or students are curious about rocks be sure to get a copy of Laura Purdie Salas’ picture book A Rock Can Be…
They might also enjoy Water Can Be… and Leaves Can Be… by the same author and illustrator.
They will learn a lot and have fun doing it.