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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
We live near Lake Michigan and spend a lot of time collecting very similar looking stones. I bought this book for my four children, ages 7 and under, so they could be inspired in their own rock collecting and so that I could display it in my youngest son's lake/beach-theamed nursery.
This book is beautifully done, and I would highly recommend.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the artwork, my preschool children loved talking about each letter.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I smile every time I look through this book. It is truly a work of joy.Published 13 months ago by Nori in Oregon
This book used children's natural curiosity about nature to extend to alphabet learning. The pictures are fun and catch the interest of children.Published 16 months ago by Rita
When I first went to Vero Beach I found these rocks. My mind made up various alphabets or designs of what they were. It's a great book for those who live in the Fl area.Published on June 29, 2014 by gh