A Rock Can Be

illus. by Violeta Dabija. 32p. ebook available. glossary. Millbrook. Mar. 2015. lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9781467721103. LC 2014009377.
PreS-Gr 2—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
Accompanied by dreamy illustrations combining traditional and digital techniques, readers explore the various forms rocks take on in the world. The smooth rhyming pairs are creative and wide-reaching, ranging from "Dinosaur bone / Stepping-stone" to "Food grinder / Path winder"; simple explanations at the end clarify some of the more abstract examples. Reading list. Glos.

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