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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet 06/29/12

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Leslie McGuirk spent many years collecting interesting rocks on the Florida coast. The result of those years of searching is If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet.

As this is an alphabet book, each page illustrates some letter from the alphabet. A is for addition, C is for couch potato, N is for nose, S is for seahorse and the like. This book though relies on the found rocks for the letters as well as most of the illustrated items. What's most striking about these photographs is how closely the rocks resemble the real things.

This book is perfect for anyone of any age who loves rock collecting. If my rock obsessed grandmother were still living, I would be giving her a copy of this book for Christmas. Instead, I am reminiscing about her love of rocks (they were everywhere in her house and yard) with my two rock-collecting children.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Sunday, July 01, 2012 at 14:29:11

Jeane

Did the rocks really have the shape of letters? I'm looking at that cover and trying to imagine a rock in the form of a k, or a d and I can't. They weren't carved?



Comment #2: Sunday, July 01, 2012 at 11:49:42

Pussreboots

Yes, they really have the shape of the letters. The author includes a page about the process of finding the rocks and the amount of time it took to complete the entire alphabet. She didn't do any carving.