Delighted to share that Booklist has given A ROCK CAN BE… a lovely review! “[N]atural guessing game…challenging children…broaden their thinking…beautiful picture book…” What is not to love here? Thank you, Booklist! (The highlights and bold were added by me:>)
A Rock Can Be . . .
Salas, Laura Purdie (Author) , Dabija, Violeta (Illustrator)
Mar 2015. 32 p. Millbrook, library edition, $17.99. (9781467721103). 552.
What can a rock be? ?Tall mountain / Park fountain / Dinosaur bone / Stepping-stone.? The ideas expressed in this picture book’s pithy text are varied and wide-ranging. Each two-word phrase appears on its own page, accompanied by a luminous illustration. While some concepts will be obvious to children from the words alone, and others are made clear by the pictures, a few (?Fire sparker,? ?Crusty dome,? ?Food grinder?) may need further explanation. The sometimes cryptic phrases create a natural guessing game, and an appended section offers a paragraph of text explaining each one. Moldovan illustrator Dabija contributes a series of dynamic full-page and double-page images created with traditional and digital media. Her compositions, color combinations, and use of light are particularly fine. Similar in concept to Salas and Dabija’s previous picture books, A Leaf Can Be . . . (2012) and Water Can Be . . . (2014), 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.
? Carolyn Phelan