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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A ROCK? by Pat Zietlow Miller


by Pat Zietlow Miller ; illustrated by Katie Kath

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-72821-763-5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Rocks are varied and versatile—not unlike good friends.

Rocks often go ignored, the narrator remarks as a blue-haired White child explores along a stream. The text continues in second person as it explains what those who notice the “magic” underfoot know: You can do a lot with a rock. You can kick it down the street, following it along. You can skip it, drop it, collect more, and sort them. You can study them, use them for art, keep them, or share them with a good friend, then make new rock memories with that friend. The story’s opening draws readers right into the world of rock appreciation, as though it’s a secret society that’s free to join. The child’s adventures with rocks and making friends form a visual story that complements the conversational, conspiratorial text. By the end, the story widens its scope to sweet life lessons as it turns effortlessly toward friendship and the wisdom transferable from rock discovery to friend discovery (“Some sparkle right away, while others seem ordinary at first, but have treasure deep inside”). Endmatter offers information, advice, and further reading about rocks and rock collecting; the beautiful endpapers with artistic renderings of labeled samples of different kinds of rock are worth perusing in and of themselves. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A delightful invitation.

(Picture book. 3-8)