Friday, March 23, 2012
Perfect Picture Book Friday
Title: Everybody Needs a Rock
Author/Illustrator: Byrd Baylor/Peter Parnall
Publisher/Date: Aladdin/1985; Atheneum/1974
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Preschool and up
Themes: rocks, play, imagination
Opening: "Everybody/needs/a rock. I'm sorry for kids/who don't have/a rock/for a friend."
Synopsis: Byrd Baylor's poetic prose is the strong voice behind a young girl who offers ten rules for finding the perfect, personal, unique rock.
Why I Love This Book: Five years ago this month, a dear friend and colleague gave me this book to use in our third grade rocks & minerals science unit. (Thank you, S.D.!) I feel strongly that literature should be the foundation in every subject, not just reading and writing. Books about curriculum topics give students a window through which to view a topic from a new, interesting, or different perspective. Before diving into the properties of rocks and minerals, identifying them, and giving them scientific names, we started with this book. We used the rules related in this book and each student chose a rock. It became personal...and powerful. And my students were that much more interested in the nitty-gritty of geology after this experience. So... that's my soapbox speech for why high-quality children's literature should be part of every subject in school.
Take a nature walk and go rock hunting. Follow the rules in this book to find your perfect rock.
Byrd Baylor has many fantastic books. Why not try an author study? http://www.carolhurst.com/authors/bbaylor.html
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