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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet [Hardcover]

Leslie McGuirk
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May 24 2011
Amazing rocks, found on a stretch of beach near the author's home, comprise this unique alphabet book. A is for Addition, and there are rocks in the shape of real numbers, too. B is for Bird, and there is a bird rock on a nest with an egg. G is for Ghosts, and there is a host of rocks that look like ghosts! Children and adults alike will pore over these fascinating rocks, and will be inspired collect their own.

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Review, The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2011
"There is as much wit here as there is potential pedagogy: The rock that is used to show "O is for ouch!" looks as though it is shouting and wincing at the same time; the slab of "toast" used to illustrate the letter T so nearly resembles whole-grain bread that you can imagine yourself biting into it."

Review, School Library Journal, May 1, 2011
"Sure to spark imaginative rock-finding hunts and found-object art projects, this quirky title will earn its place in any picture-book collection."

Review, Booklist, May 1, 2011
"With clean page design, restrained use of color, and minimal text, this intriguing book showcases the rocks themselves and may inspire children to discover their own found art."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011:
"Begs to be pored over again and again."

Review, Publisher's Weekly, March 14, 2011:
"It's an unusual labor of love that may have kids checking the ground for familiar shapes."

About the Author

LESLIE MCGUIRK says that when she was a child she wanted to be a game warden in Africa. Instead, she grew up to become an author and illustrator whose favorite topic is the animals she loves so much.
Leslie is the author-illustrator of many children's books, including the Tucker the Dog books, Pip the Penguin, and Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocks! July 7 2013
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What a fun and creative way to familiarize young children with the alphabet! Adults, too, will love the amazing stone shapes the author found for each letter! Can't believe she was able to find such amazing stones! Just a fun book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On! May 29 2011
By CarolH - Published on Amazon.com
If rocks could sing, they would be warbling "Buy this book!" A wonderful, whimsical look at the alphabet through Mother Nature's eyes and Leslie McGuirk's creative process. Not just for children but for anyone who enjoys nature's ability to teach us if we are willing to look, listen and learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring book May 17 2014
By sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Good for young kids 2-6 (picture book and first level reading)
inspiring for older kids 6-10 (kids can try to find rocks in different shapes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book. April 26 2014
By Paulette Stanhope - Published on Amazon.com
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The message in this book is awe-inspiring. The found rocks are wonderful, the imagination of the author is stupendous, and the patience taken to complete this product inspirational. If she could wait 10 years to find the right rocks...what can we wait for to see come to pass in our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love! Feb. 12 2014
By Michelle M Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
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My 3 year old daughter loves rocks and this book is a must for any little rock collector. I brought this book home from the library and my daughter didn't want to give it back. I love how the alphabet is addressed and even though some of the connections are far-fetched, it's still a lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Kind of Alphabet! Dec 10 2013
By kyyadifan - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my niece. It is such a cool book! I wish I new more people to buy it for. The idea behind the book, finding rocks that make each letter of the alphabet, adds a unique way of teaching the alphabet!
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