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|Old Rock (is not boring)|
Author: Pilutti, Deb
Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle, and Hummingbird are certain that being a rock is boring until Old Rock shares what he has seen and done since he first flew out of a volcano.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/19)
School Library Journal (01/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2019 In an effort to show that it’s all just a matter of perspective, Old Rock counters, with rousing tales, Tall Pine's, Spotted Beetle's, and Hummingbird's comments that it must be boring to be stuck in the same old spot. It tells of being blasted out of a volcano, watching dinosaurs pass by, gliding along to new lands in a glacier, serving as a mastodon’s butt scratcher, seeing a pinecone grow into a tree, and, now, having companions with their own exciting tales of distant sights and sites. Pilutti puts a smile and wide eyes on the rock and places it among an increasingly fascinated animal audience in a set of simply drawn, usually idyllic cartoon scenes. A closing 1.8-billion-year summary leaves Old Rock and the others sitting “in a very nice spot at the edge of a clearing in the middle of a forest.” “They are not bored,” she concludes, nor will younger readers and listeners be once they realize that every rock they see has a similar story to tell. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—Rocks aren't generally known for being the life of the party. In fact, they just kind of sit around and do nothing. Or do they? Old Rock lives in a clearing in a beautiful pine forest where he enjoys the company of his friends: Hummingbird, Tall Pine, and Spotted Beetle. They feel sorry for Old Rock because he doesn't get to go anywhere or see anything. Old Rock tells them that he has had experiences. For example, he erupted out of a volcano, somersaulted down a mountain, and even hung out with the dinosaurs. When glaciers formed in the Ice Age, Old Rock rode one far and wide. His friends begin to wish they had done those things. This is a wonderful story about mistaken assumptions, and taking the time to listen to a variety of perspectives and experiences. The author has cleverly traced the development of Earth through Old Rock's remarkable reminiscences. Part scientific history, part storytelling, Old Rock is content with his lot in life, and Old Rock is not boring! That's a good message for all readers. The art is created with casein paint with a bit of digital manipulation. VERDICT This is a brilliant book for school and public libraries and one that children will be drawn to. Bridging story and the history of the natural world is sure to be a hit.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.