If Rocks Could Sing: a Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk
This is such an intriguing premise for an alphabet book! Each alphabet along with the items that the letter stands for are shown in rocks. The rocks were found along a Florida shore and not changed to look this way. It is a book based on finding treasures others overlook and seeing possibilities. The book has a simple layout, allowing the rocks to be the feature here. It begins with A is for Addition with rocks standing in for 1, 8, = and 9. B is for Bird with a very unique bird-shaped rock posed in a nest. C is for couch potato, because who could ever not use this perfectly potato-like rock! The book is a whimsical tribute to beachcombing.
It is such a simple concept that it has to be done right. While a couple of the rocks do seem more like blobs than the object they are meant to be, others are startlingly close. Look at the T is for Toast page, and you can almost see the whole-wheat grain in the toast slice. The book is a delight just to page through and discover.
It is a book that will have you looking for much more than pretty seashells on your next visit to the beach! Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Random House Children’s Books.
Also reviewed by Journey of a Bookseller.
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