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If You Find a Rock Hardcover – March 6, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1st edition (March 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152393390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152393397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hand-tinted black-and-white photographs lend a timeless quality to this contemplative picture book. No feldspar or quartz is categorized hereDrather, Christian (The Bookstore Mouse) muses on a variety of rocks that children typically encounter, such as flat "skipping" rocks ("you toss it out in the water just so and see it trip across the surface, making a chain of spreading rings") to a "wishing rock ("with a stripe running all the way round it... it must circle all the way. You whisper what you want before you throw it"). Christian imbues her words with a childlike sense of wonder that lifts the everyday to the extraordinary, a transformation intensified by superb book production. Hewing to an earth-toned palette, Lember's (A Book of Fruit) photos are spare and uncluttered, alternating between tightly focused shots (small hands holding various stones, for instance) with broader pastoral vistas, such as a boy leaping from rock to rock across a creek. A slight soft-focus effect helps suspend the subjects in timeDdespite the backpacks and sneakers, these children could be from any era. The book's design is exemplary as well; the words are matted against broad swaths of white space, while the glossy sheen of the photographs stands out vividly. A work of art in every regard. Ages 6-9. (Apr.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-Since the dawn of time, humans have found rocks, stones, and pebbles to be subtly alluring. In a poignant, lyrical text, Christian contemplates the magnetism of an assortment of such serendipitous discoveries. From drawing ephemeral runes on the sidewalk with a "chalk rock" to the satisfying slither of a handful of "sifting rocks" and the exaltation of a "climbing rock," these common but beguiling objects are wondered about ("-you might find a rock with a stripe running all the way round it-You have a wishing rock, and you whisper what you want before you throw it"). Each two-page spread includes at least one of Lember's softly hand-tinted photos that eloquently reflect the evocative text. Insert this gem into an earth-science unit and watch as certain students drift from igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock, and the Mohs' scale to look at their specimens with wide, remembering eyes.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

This is a beautiful book, both in content and photographs.
MT Magpie
He remembers that it might be a chalk rock, a skipping rock, etc., over a year later!
A. Reynolds
Really nice book to get kids interested in looking at rocks in a new way.
Brenda Benn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Young on August 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book is a great way to begin a lesson on rocks and minerals! It's imaginative and beautifully written. My third grade class loved it! I will use it every year to begin our inquiry-based science unit on rocks and minerals! The creative way to classify rocks was a very nice way to begin the topic of rocks and minerals with the students! We even started our own collection, using Christian's unique way of classifying them!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Hopkins on October 22, 2006
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What a marvelous book. It grabs and hold your interest and the interest of my 1, 3, and 6 year old. We borrowed this from the library and today I am purchasing it online. This well written book shows the joy of rocks. Most of us have at one time or another have kicked a rock in front of us. Now you can learn why! Many of us have sat on a rock and now we see why it was such a perfect place to sit. Introduce your children to the wonders of the world around them with this exceptional book. Now I am on a mission to find any other books by this author. This is not a rock identification book, but rather a book that teaches observation and appreciation of rocks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Since I was a little boy, long, long ago, I have had a fascination for rocks. As I grew older I cannot count the hours I have spent in creek beds, hill sides, fields and on dirt roads, first with my children, then with my four grandsons, looking for, talking about, wondering about and simply "seeing" rocks. This wonderful small volume says it all and captures the beauty of rocks and the beauty of children as they explore and expierence them. The lyrical prose/verse that tell the story of rocks is a pure joy to read. The photographs of children and rocks will touch anyone who who enjoys the company of small children and of rocks. Barbara Hirsch Lember has done a wonderful, artistic job with her camera and technique and Peggy Christian has given us some very impressive text. This is simply a well done and beautiful book and I am quite sure that you and your child or grandchild will get as much pure joy from it as I have. I do highly recommend you add this one to your library. I like another reviewer, first check this one out at the library but then went ahead and purchased my own copy. Read it and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
What do you remember collecting as a kid? My grandpa collects rocks and passed this interest onto his kids and grandkids. I loved bringing home neat rocks that I found. I thought of him as I read this book.

If You Find A Rock is simply magical. It has great descriptions of rocks and the things that you can do with them. One of my favorite pages was, "Or you might find a big mossy rock by the side of a long, steep trail. Then you have a resting rock, and as you sit down you feel the cool moss squush beneath you." - because it reminded me of the Pacific Northwest (where I live). The photos are hand-tinted pictures and are a perfect match for the text. There's a sense of peace and calmness as I read this book. All readers (and listeners) will appreciate the beauty and wonder of Nature.

If You Find A Rock celebrates the simple pleasures. Written in the second person, the repetition of "you" involves the reader and can also open up discussion between adults and children. By slowing down to really notice your surroundings, you may be lucky enough to find: skipping rocks, sifting rocks, wish rocks and anything rocks. It's easy to see why this book has won numerous awards such as: The John Burroughs List of Nature Books For Young Readers, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner, and a Parent's Guide Children's Media Award Winner. A wonderful book any time of the day, I think this will be a treasured and often requested book in any child's library.

Armchair Interviews says: Share this wonderful book with your favorite collector or nature lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Murphy on October 10, 2010
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If you find a rock is a wonderful book for rock enthusiasts of all ages. Many people do not understand the love that we rock hunters/lovers have for these beautiful pieces of nature. This book may give a little insight. I love that it is not about the science of rocks, but about the emotion of rocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberlee Almond on April 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I teach 4th grade and in our core, we do a unit on rocks. This is the perfect book to get kids excited about looking for rocks and for making rocks have a special meaning to them. It is such a cute book. I bought one for myself and a couple more for my 4th grade colleagues for Christmas. We all love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teddi R. Petrone on October 9, 2008
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My son (5 years) really enjoys this book. He does love to collect rocks. He liked the way this book discusses various rocks. After I finished reading the book, he tried to think about types of rocks not mentioned in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Scott on February 2, 2011
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Not that the book isn't nice for girls, but this is a great book for little boys. There is something comforting about rocks. Studying rocks in geology is very stabilizing, very stable. There are no serious ethical issues with rocks such as genetic engineering and mutations. Rocks evolve and then the de-evolve back to a simpler form in a wonderful cycle. This book, of course, does not get into all that, it bascially poetically teaches children about different categories of rocks, and that rocks are... well, your friend. You can have a lot of fun with rocks. It has photos, more or less poetry, and is a great book for Kindergarten to first grade. Girls will like it, boys will like it, but its a first choice for little boys.
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