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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet Hardcover – May 24 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463704
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 0.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Riehl on July 7 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful concept. June 20 2013
By iMom - Published on
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This book is a great way to creatively teach and reinforce alphabet skills in young students. I only wish that the author could have chosen something different, almost anything else really, for letter "G". This page uses rocks that look like ghosted and they are on a black backdrop. One of them is truly scary for young kids and I had to improvise for that page, using "Gone. Letter G for gone. The page is gone!" It works, but I would love to have seen "grapes," "goldfish," "gumdrop." I can't imagine these would have been hard to find in rock form. Otherwise, wonderful book!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rock On! May 29 2011
By CarolH - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great alphabet book! March 8 2012
By A. Williams - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a very clever, very intriguing, alphabet book. Each letter is represented by a rock in the shape of said letter, and then the corresponding photographic-illustrations are made up of rocks that help explain that word.

For example, there would be a rock shaped like an "F" for "fish" and the next illustration would be of rocks that look like fish.

I found myself constantly amazed and the variety of rock shapes, and how much many of them really looked like the thing they were portraying!

A few times the words for the letters felt a little "cheaty" to me, "X" for XOXO... I mean, it sort of works... Still, overall, I'm amazed that McGuirk could find all these incredible rocks and put something like this together! Sounds like it was just as fun to do as it was to read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love! Feb. 12 2014
By Michelle M Steiner - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love this book. April 26 2014
By Paulette Stanhope - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.