Sunday, August 21, 2011

If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

Overview from Barnes and Noble:
Amazing rocks, found on a stretch of beach near the author's home, comprise this unique alphabet book. A is for Addition, and there are rocks in the shape of real numbers, too. B is for Bird, and there is a bird rock on a nest with an egg. G is for Ghosts, and there is a host of rocks that look like ghosts! Children and adults alike will pore over these fascinating rocks, and will be inspired collect their own.

My thoughts:
This is such a neat alphabet book.  Over the course of ten years Leslie McGuirk collected rocks on the beach that look like letters, animals and other objects and then put them together with props to make each of the letters.  Whenever we go to the beach my children are obsessed with finding shells, but we don't think much about collecting rocks.  I think when we go for our vacation at the end of the summer they will be looking at the rocks a bit more closely.  They especially like the ghosts which are rocks with holes and cut outs that look like faces and the hearts for valentine.  This book is a unique find in itself!

•Pub. Date: May 2011
•Publisher: Random House Children's Books
•Format: Hardcover , 48pp
•ISBN-13: 9781582463704
•ISBN: 1582463700

Meet 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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