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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 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463704
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rosa on December 12, 2014
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My daughter is learning her alphabets now, so she loves pointing at the rocks and saying what letter it is. I love how it stimulates the imagination - a rock version of "what does that cloud look like?" and encourages us to really notice our surroundings. I plan on using this book as a launching pad to encourage my kids to find things in nature that speak (sing) to them.
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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!
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By Kristine P. on December 2, 2014
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I collect heart shaped rocks which are hard to find so this book spoke to my heart. It is a great book not because of what is says but because of the story behind finding each alphabet shaped rock. Very creative.
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This book is truly a piece of art and unlike anything else. The author created this book showcasing stones she has collected over the years. The stones are in the shape of letters and for each, something that starts with that letter.
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.
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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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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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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!
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We got this book from the library for my son (he's 2.5yrs) and when we returned it he was so sad that I just had to buy it! He loves to look at the pictures and it has really helped him learn his letters. This book is great because it departs from the standard examples of a word for each letter. C is for couch potato in this book!
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