Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Rock Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas

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A Rock Can Be...
by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Violetta Dabija
Expected Publication Date: March 1, 2015
32 Pages
Review copy obtained through

Laura Purdie Salas and Violetta Dabija make the reader look at rocks in a whole different way. As they did with Water Can Be... they show the reader a bit about where rocks can be found, what they look like and how rocks can be used. Whether they are used for fountains, stepping stones, skimming stones or hop scotch markers, rocks have many uses in our lives and throughout nature. 
The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I can imagine children wanting to take a second, closer look through this one. 

One of the best parts of the book is the section in the back called "More about rocks". In this section the author shares more information about each type of rock presented in the book. Did you know there is a colony of more then thirty-five thousand parrots nesting in a five mile stretch of cliffs in Argentina?! And the world record for the most numbers of skips of a stone in the water is 50! 

A Rock Can Be... would be a great part of a poetry collection or a rocks and minerals unit. It also helps children see how a natural resource could be used in our lives. It is also just a beautiful book to share. I would use it most with grades K-3. 

Visit Laura Purdie Salas' webpage and Violetta Dabija's webpage


  1. Thank you, Gigi! I'm so glad you liked it--and can you imagine 50 skips? I can barely get 2 skips. :>) Thanks for sharing my book.

    1. I would love to see this many skips, that is done talent! Keep writing these books, they are wonderful!

  2. So excited about this new book from Laura, Gigi. I'll be reviewing soon, and love the parts you shared. Laura's book will help kids find new and interesting things to know about rocks!

  3. Oooh! A new Laura Salas Purdie book! I just compared a nfpb I read this week (Raindrops Roll) to the Water Can Be...and A Leaf Can Be...books. :-) This one looks wonderful!

  4. I love all the books in this series. Thank you for sharing this new one!

  5. I don't know this author or this series! I guess I need to learn more about her/it!

  6. I am so excited to lay my hands on this title! A Leaf Can Be is one of my favourites! 50 skips?! Whoa . . .

  7. I am soooo excited for this boo. I loved Water Can Ce and A Leaf Can Be too.

  8. I really enjoyed Water Can Be and so I'm very keen to find this one! And A Leaf Can Be too - love Laura's books.

  9. I'm not sure how I missed this book on net galley, I adore Laura's books. I'll be checking this one out on March 1, for sure!

  10. Thanks for these nice comments--this makes my day to stop back in here and see educator love for my Can Be... books :>)