A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
Another stellar collaboration by the team that created An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient, this nonfiction picture book focuses on rocks and minerals. The book begins with rock melted as magma beneath the earth. It talks about what makes up rocks and how old they are, as well as the rocks that we find in space. Rocks as tools and weapons are explored, mixed in with the amazing rock interiors that surprise and delight. The different types of rocks finish off the factual piece of the book, but the bright and beautiful illustrations continue all the way to the final lapis lazuli endpages.
Aston manages to write nonfiction as if each sentence is filled with delight. Her enthusiasm for the subjects she writes about is evident in her writing, inviting young readers to get just as interested as she is. The art carries that same enthusiasm in its bright colors and details. Done in watercolor, the colors are surprisingly deep and lush.
If you have the first three books from these amazing collaborators, this is a must-buy. It should be on the shelves of any school or public library, sure to get young people exploring a new subject. Appropriate for ages 7-9.
Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.