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Think of all the rocks there are: the skipping rocks, the splashing rocks, and the chalk rocks. Whether the found treasures are climbing rocks or wishing rocks, children can't help collecting them. With joyful text and luminous photographs, If You Find a Rock celebrates rocks everywhere--as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found. •Features 18 hand-tinte Think of all the rocks there are: the skipping rocks, the splashing rocks, and the chalk rocks. Whether the found treasures are climbing rocks or wishing rocks, children can't help collecting them. With joyful text and luminous photographs, If You Find a Rock celebrates rocks everywhere--as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found. •Features 18 hand-tinted photographic illustrations •Junior Library Guild Selection


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Think of all the rocks there are: the skipping rocks, the splashing rocks, and the chalk rocks. Whether the found treasures are climbing rocks or wishing rocks, children can't help collecting them. With joyful text and luminous photographs, If You Find a Rock celebrates rocks everywhere--as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found. •Features 18 hand-tinte Think of all the rocks there are: the skipping rocks, the splashing rocks, and the chalk rocks. Whether the found treasures are climbing rocks or wishing rocks, children can't help collecting them. With joyful text and luminous photographs, If You Find a Rock celebrates rocks everywhere--as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found. •Features 18 hand-tinted photographic illustrations •Junior Library Guild Selection

30 review for If You Find a Rock

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Every child I've ever known as collected a few rocks. They're free, easy to find, come in different sizes, shapes, and colors, are satisfying to hold... and, as this book makes clear, they have a magical way of speaking to our soul. The text is poetical. The pictures are lovely (though I'm not fond of the tinting). This would make an excellent companion to the even better Everybody Needs a Rock. This is about the variety of rocks and the variety of 'voices' they have, Baylor's focuses on the con Every child I've ever known as collected a few rocks. They're free, easy to find, come in different sizes, shapes, and colors, are satisfying to hold... and, as this book makes clear, they have a magical way of speaking to our soul. The text is poetical. The pictures are lovely (though I'm not fond of the tinting). This would make an excellent companion to the even better Everybody Needs a Rock. This is about the variety of rocks and the variety of 'voices' they have, Baylor's focuses on the concept of one special rock and the ways it can 'speak' to one person. So, between these books we have the universal and the particular, if you want to teach that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    A beautiful pictorial venture with a simple thing as a rock. My students loved this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I love the beautiful photographs in this imaginative book about different types of rocks. The book identifies different "types" of rocks you might find...wishing rocks, skipping rocks, writing rocks, and so on. This really got my students interested in finding rocks of their own and determining what type of rock they thought it was...not scientific in nature, but does get children thinking about and observing rocks and some of their properties. I love the beautiful photographs in this imaginative book about different types of rocks. The book identifies different "types" of rocks you might find...wishing rocks, skipping rocks, writing rocks, and so on. This really got my students interested in finding rocks of their own and determining what type of rock they thought it was...not scientific in nature, but does get children thinking about and observing rocks and some of their properties.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Grace Brennan

    What a great book for encouraging children to go outside and explore the "not so simple" rocks around them! This would be a great story for a non-fiction read during a science lesson. What a great book for encouraging children to go outside and explore the "not so simple" rocks around them! This would be a great story for a non-fiction read during a science lesson.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J

    This was an interesting book and one that I think was suppose to have been in my recommendations that my sister fished out. She has at least admitted that so far and I think whenever I am over she is going to be fishing on my Goodreads account for other such books. Anyway this book explores not all the types of rocks that are out there but the shapes or appearances they may have then gives them names such as the famous worry stone, the climbing rock, the skipping rock, etc. So for those who are This was an interesting book and one that I think was suppose to have been in my recommendations that my sister fished out. She has at least admitted that so far and I think whenever I am over she is going to be fishing on my Goodreads account for other such books. Anyway this book explores not all the types of rocks that are out there but the shapes or appearances they may have then gives them names such as the famous worry stone, the climbing rock, the skipping rock, etc. So for those who are wanting to teach their children the three basic types of rocks this is definitely not going to be what you are looking for in the science department. I love how the illustrations are actual photographs so children are given an introductory look into rocks as if they haven't probably seen more than ten by the time they get their hands on it. And somehow, especially with my niece, I have a feeling after reading this book rocks may become more of a captivation than what they are already. All in all it is a sweet and cute book, especially if you are wanting to get your child to participate more actively in nature whether you are camping, walking or even just helping them find a rock or two for their starting rock collection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is an entertainingg, but not very academic, book about rocks. The narrative is lyrical and inspires a bit of whimsy and imagination more than scientific discovery, but it's a fun book to read aloud and our girls really liked it. For some reason, collecting and playing with rocks is a popular thing for our girls and they love to show me their 'gems' and interesting finds. I also shared with them that I have often bring home a rock from my travels and we used to keep them as part of the bed i This is an entertainingg, but not very academic, book about rocks. The narrative is lyrical and inspires a bit of whimsy and imagination more than scientific discovery, but it's a fun book to read aloud and our girls really liked it. For some reason, collecting and playing with rocks is a popular thing for our girls and they love to show me their 'gems' and interesting finds. I also shared with them that I have often bring home a rock from my travels and we used to keep them as part of the bed in our big fishtank. I'm not sure where they've all gone off to now that we no longer maintain a tank, but they loved the romantic notion of bringing home a piece of a foreign land, even if it's just a small rock. The photographs are colorful and the narrative is short, perfect for reading with younger children. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Fabulous introduction to rocks, especially from a child's point of view. No classification other than throwing rocks and climbing rocks and wishing rocks and stepping rocks and chalk rocks, etc. Wonderful photography to go along with the text as well. If you have a child who's interested in rocks, give them this book. Fabulous introduction to rocks, especially from a child's point of view. No classification other than throwing rocks and climbing rocks and wishing rocks and stepping rocks and chalk rocks, etc. Wonderful photography to go along with the text as well. If you have a child who's interested in rocks, give them this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    This was a good book to use during the engage part of a lesson on rocks. It uses a lot of descriptive words to describe different rocks. I would pass out different rocks to the students and have them describe their rocks. We would then together write on the board descriptive words for the rocks from the book. I would use this book in grades second or third.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was a whimsical look at rocks that was a nice change from our other more scientific rock books. It's really written from the point of view of a child and what children do with rocks. It reminded me of my childhood playing with rocks and I really enjoyed reading it to my son. The photographs are lovely and whimsical too. A great read! This book was a whimsical look at rocks that was a nice change from our other more scientific rock books. It's really written from the point of view of a child and what children do with rocks. It reminded me of my childhood playing with rocks and I really enjoyed reading it to my son. The photographs are lovely and whimsical too. A great read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Canadian Reader

    A lovely book with beautiful photographs and simple quiet text that encourages children to look at and think about the natural world around them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jake Abbott

    Non-Fiction. Grades 1-5. This book has a very calm tone about it, and is great for a read a loud in a classroom. We see kids finding rocks and starting rock collections all the time, why not give them some names to go along with them? This second-person point of view is great for students who find rocks fascinating. Students who just need to relax can also listen to this book and get some ideas for what type of rocks they can come across. This could be turned into a fun game by having students fi Non-Fiction. Grades 1-5. This book has a very calm tone about it, and is great for a read a loud in a classroom. We see kids finding rocks and starting rock collections all the time, why not give them some names to go along with them? This second-person point of view is great for students who find rocks fascinating. Students who just need to relax can also listen to this book and get some ideas for what type of rocks they can come across. This could be turned into a fun game by having students find "a skipping rock" one day, and "a chalk rock" another day.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I absolutely adore rocks. Rocks of all sizes and kinds. Look in one of my pockets and you are sure to find a rock. Therefore I wanted to adore this book and I did like it but I hoped for the author to convey a bit more information on rocks. Perhaps just a note below the page's lyrical text saying the rock pictured was granite or something. But for kids whose parents don't like rocks maybe reading this book will open their eyes. I absolutely adore rocks. Rocks of all sizes and kinds. Look in one of my pockets and you are sure to find a rock. Therefore I wanted to adore this book and I did like it but I hoped for the author to convey a bit more information on rocks. Perhaps just a note below the page's lyrical text saying the rock pictured was granite or something. But for kids whose parents don't like rocks maybe reading this book will open their eyes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Ruigrok

    This was a lovely book that talks about the different kinds of rocks...not in a scientific matter...but how some rocks are for skipping or splashing or wishing. A really nice story to share with young children...especially those children who love to find a rock here and there and pop it into their pocket.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Great book about the various human child uses of everyday rocks. I’ve met every type but the wishing rock. You can be sure I’m looking for one of those next!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adams' Country Retreat

    Beautiful book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Meditations on different rocks, different purposes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lauri

    From skipping rocks to fossil rocks, this book verse and photographs of children in nature, describes the differences in different rocks in a lovely way.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Grace Rose

    This beautiful book includes poetry and pictures! It makes me want to explore the world around me, just to find rocks!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jaycee Omohundro

    A book that helps explain where rocks come from and the different types there are

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie Little

    This is another great book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Talea

    This is an adorable little book that embraces the innocence and magic of childhood wonder.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzi Knoll

    A wonderful picturebook all about rocks and their uses and possibilities. I would recommend this book for children who are interested in nature and like to learn about it. This would be a great book to introduce geology.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I've always been one to pick up rocks, so I might have titled the book with a "when" rather than an "if." What a great book! With hand-tinted black & white photos, spare use of text and image on the white horizontal pages, the visual aspect of the book is a bit like finding a "pleasing rock." The simple verse touches on so many different kinds of rock (such as skipping rock), with more emphasis on the emotions that a rock might evoke or the uses we might find for it. Many of the reviews highligh I've always been one to pick up rocks, so I might have titled the book with a "when" rather than an "if." What a great book! With hand-tinted black & white photos, spare use of text and image on the white horizontal pages, the visual aspect of the book is a bit like finding a "pleasing rock." The simple verse touches on so many different kinds of rock (such as skipping rock), with more emphasis on the emotions that a rock might evoke or the uses we might find for it. Many of the reviews highlight how this book might be used in the classroom - don't be fooled! This book will connect for the hiker, the beach-walker, the curious, whether too young to think it all through or old enough to know this may be the last rock they pick up. And there is room for other kinds of rocks to be added to the author's list, like pocket rock. Also see Baylor's Everybody Needs a Rock. (Read first in February 2013, again on 9/0102014.)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Christian, P. (2000). If you find a rock. New York, NY: Voyager Books Harcourt, Inc. For anyone who has ever picked up a rock and knows the feeling of holding endless possibilities, this book will speak to you. Lush photographs and poetic text explains child-friendly uses for an assortment of rocks. Christian’s text reads like poetry with a soothing, descriptive style. The rocks are classified as children would find them; suitable for specific actions. Lember’s hand-tinted black and white photogra Christian, P. (2000). If you find a rock. New York, NY: Voyager Books Harcourt, Inc. For anyone who has ever picked up a rock and knows the feeling of holding endless possibilities, this book will speak to you. Lush photographs and poetic text explains child-friendly uses for an assortment of rocks. Christian’s text reads like poetry with a soothing, descriptive style. The rocks are classified as children would find them; suitable for specific actions. Lember’s hand-tinted black and white photographs make If You Find a Rock a cozy read aloud for elementary school children. 2000 John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing for Children Charlotte Zolotow Awards--Highly Commended Oppenheim Gold Award Nick Junior Magazine Best Book of the Year Junior Library Guild Selection Red Clover Picture Book Award Finalist

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lbrown107

    Rocks can be used for many things. You can skip flat rocks across the surface of a lake. You can write on pavement with chalky rocks. You can even use the really big rocks to climb on. I enjoyed reading about different uses or types of rocks that I never would have thought of and the author gave great descriptions of each rock. The pictures were all real photos taken but some did not show the rock up close so that students may see details. Many children play with rocks and come up with their own Rocks can be used for many things. You can skip flat rocks across the surface of a lake. You can write on pavement with chalky rocks. You can even use the really big rocks to climb on. I enjoyed reading about different uses or types of rocks that I never would have thought of and the author gave great descriptions of each rock. The pictures were all real photos taken but some did not show the rock up close so that students may see details. Many children play with rocks and come up with their own uses for them after reading the text. Students could connect their experiences with this book and come up with their own kind of rock not listed in the book, using adjectives to describe how the rock is good for its use.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janice Redding

    Basically, this book is about different types of rocks that can be utilized in many ways. The rocks can be found in various places, have different textures, sizes, etc. I can use this book to introduce a third grade lesson on rocks, simply getting the students to inquire about rocks and become anxious to find rocks. I can implement a lesson by going on a quick field trip by having students go outside and find a rock. We can discuss during whole group different types of rocks that the students fi Basically, this book is about different types of rocks that can be utilized in many ways. The rocks can be found in various places, have different textures, sizes, etc. I can use this book to introduce a third grade lesson on rocks, simply getting the students to inquire about rocks and become anxious to find rocks. I can implement a lesson by going on a quick field trip by having students go outside and find a rock. We can discuss during whole group different types of rocks that the students find. In addition, I can have a show and tell where the students can bring in their favorite rock. For upper grades, such as 4th and 5th grade, the students can conduct a small science project that can include research on rocks.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Levine

    If You Find a Rock would be great for k-3rd grade children when teaching students about rocks.THe book basically explores different types of rocks we can find on Earth. This book would be good to get students interested in learning more about rocks as an introductory book to engage students. Students could go outside and pick a rock and analyze it and even maybe write a story about it for part of language arts. Students can predict how old they think it is and compare rocks with their friends. T If You Find a Rock would be great for k-3rd grade children when teaching students about rocks.THe book basically explores different types of rocks we can find on Earth. This book would be good to get students interested in learning more about rocks as an introductory book to engage students. Students could go outside and pick a rock and analyze it and even maybe write a story about it for part of language arts. Students can predict how old they think it is and compare rocks with their friends. They can also do an adjective lesson and describe the rocks or use their senses to describe the rock.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Williams

    This was a great book that used a lot of descriptive words to talk about different rocks. I would use this book during the engage portion of my unit on rocks. I would pass out different rocks or allow the students to go outside and find different rocks and have the students describe their rock to a friend. We could make a list on the board of the difference of our rocks by using descriptive words and then say what our rocks would be used for like in the book. I would use this book in grades 2-3.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ileana Lindner

    Title: If You Find A Rock Author: Peggy Christian Grades: 5th This science poem book would be a great way to introduce a lesson on the rock cycle, and also introduce different types of rocks. It would be engaging for students who truly enjoy the discovery of different rocks and can also be exposing students to rocks that they never knew where they had come from before. They have different examples of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks (which you could explain to the class after reading the Title: If You Find A Rock Author: Peggy Christian Grades: 5th This science poem book would be a great way to introduce a lesson on the rock cycle, and also introduce different types of rocks. It would be engaging for students who truly enjoy the discovery of different rocks and can also be exposing students to rocks that they never knew where they had come from before. They have different examples of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks (which you could explain to the class after reading the literature.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glenajo

    Photographs demonstrate all this things you can do with a rock such as skipping and making rings in the water. This is an excellent example of literary/ narrative non-fiction. It is also the peaceful story of actively investigating rocks. This book will fill kids with ideas of things to do with rocks, and might possibly make them want to learn even more about rocks and other related sciences. It makes a good addition to a lesson on soil, rocks, and minerals. It is definitely a hit for the outdoo Photographs demonstrate all this things you can do with a rock such as skipping and making rings in the water. This is an excellent example of literary/ narrative non-fiction. It is also the peaceful story of actively investigating rocks. This book will fill kids with ideas of things to do with rocks, and might possibly make them want to learn even more about rocks and other related sciences. It makes a good addition to a lesson on soil, rocks, and minerals. It is definitely a hit for the outdoors type.

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