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A Rock Is Lively

by Dianna Hutts Aston, Dianna Hutts Aston

Other authors: Sylvia Long (Illustrator)

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Award-winning author/illustrator team Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, whose previous picture-books have explored a number of different themes in the world of natural history - An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient - return in this fourth marvelous collaboration, this time examining a diverse range of rocks. The format here is similar to that in the previous books, with a simple macro-narrative - "A rock is lively... a rock is mixed up" - and a more detailed micro-narrative, giving more information about each statement being made. The formation of rocks, their status as objects containing a mix of minerals, the age and galactic activity of rocks, the uses to which rocks have been put by animals and human beings alike - all this and more is covered here.

Like its predecessors, A Rock Is Lively pairs an informative and engaging narrative with breathtakingly beautiful artwork. I had never really devoted much time to considering rocks, even as a child, but Aston's text makes me reconsider my indifference, highlighting so many fascinating aspects of their formation and use. By the same token, Long's artwork, created using watercolor, highlights the amazing diversity and beauty of rocks, making me reconsider these objects' aesthetic worth. Although the 'before and after pages here - in each of these Aston/Long productions, there is a page at the beginning of the book showing something (eggs, seeds), and a page at the end showing what it becomes (birds, plants) - don't change visually, labels are added on the 'after' page, allowing young readers and listeners to guess at the identities of the rocks being presented, and then check their surmises. Recommended to all young children who lock rocks, or natural history in general, as well as to anyone who is an admirer of Sylvia Long's amazing artwork. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 15, 2017 |
This book would be a wonderful read aloud to support learning about rock in a earth science unit. I could see using this book in k-5 classroom it would just depend on the depth I would focus on in higher grades. This informational book explains different categories about rocks. Examples of this are, a rock is: galactic, old, mixed up, and helpful. The book also has informational text features of pictures, captions, labels, and bolded words to indicate vocabulary. This book also uses a tone that makes rocks relatable for students. The tone brings to life rocks and tells information about rocks almost like a personal narrative. The book has vivid pictures as a visual support for the information being presented in the book. The book also explains the rock cycle and how rocks can be creative.
  kbuffum13 | Dec 4, 2016 |
Use: This book can be used as a mentor text for how to use Titles in writing. It would also be a great book to refer to during a study of geology.
Genre: Informational
Media: Watercolor
  anine14 | Nov 23, 2016 |
This book is filled with facts about rocks and minerals. It tells you where to find them, how they are formed, and all the different kinds. GENRE: non-fiction. MEDIA: watercolor. USES: to teach about rocks and minerals, and how to read nonfiction books.
  Adrinnon | Nov 22, 2016 |
Uses: I would use this book as a mentor text to teach how interesting titles on each page of an informational text can engage the reader.
Medium: watercolor
  meggienell | Nov 22, 2016 |
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From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient comes a gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.
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Introduces readers to rocks and minerals, describing how they are created, what they can be used for, and their different forms and types.

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