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A Rock Can Be...

Written by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Violeta Dabija
Publisher: Millbrook Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-1467721103 32 pages


Rocks–boring? No way! Rhyming text and glowing illustrations show some of the cool ways rocks decorate and strengthen the world. From the tallest mountain to tiny grains of sand on a beach, from the molten lava of a volcano to the cool “ice” of a diamond, rocks come in so many forms. Take a new look at all the things a rock can be!
A rock can be a...
Tall mountain.
Park fountain.

Dinosaur bone.

Journal Reviews

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.”
—School Library Journal
…this beautiful picture book makes an excellent classroom read-aloud, challenging children to puzzle out the ideas in the poetic phrases and to broaden their thinking about rocks.
The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration.
—Kirkus Reviews

Reader Reactions

What I like love about this book: Laura's lyrical writing. The wonderful examples of what a rock can be. The invitation to go out and see for ourselves, to discover what else a rock can be. [Plus a few classroom suggestions at https://archimedesnotebook.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-rock-can-be.html]

—Sue Heavenrich, Archimedes' Notebook

One of the best parts of the book is the section in the back called "More about rocks". In this section the author shares more information about each type of rock presented in the book. Did you know there is a colony of more then thirty-five thousand parrots nesting in a five mile stretch of cliffs in Argentina?!

—Gigi McAllister

This book is a gift from Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija to us. Now we need to pass it on to others as often as we can.

—Margie Myers-Culver, Librarian's Quest


Downloadable Activities

Teaching Guide
Writing Project

Photo Gallery

Salas Dot Day
My Loch Ness rock
Aphrodite's Rock in Cyprus
Aphrodite's Rock in Cyprus
A Rock Can Be... an ornament!
Sharing A ROCK CAN BE... with librarians!
Laura Purdie Salas with Rock Can Be... scarf
From Skitch

More for Educators or Writers

How this Book Got Started

This was the third book in the Can Be... series. I wanted another very common and useful object. I've always loved rocks--hunting for agates along Lake Superior's shore is a favorite vacation activity! So rocks seemed like a great choice.

Poems I've Written

These poems connect to this book in topic, theme, or form—great for text-to-text connections!

Rock Riddle-ku
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Just a Rock
Grand Canyon
Sailing Stone
Still Shining
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A Lifesaver Can Be...
Maddie Can Be...

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