|Chip off the old block|
Author: Shaffer, Jody Jensen
Rocky, only a pebble, is determined to be as great as his famous relatives, so he travels from one family member to another until he finds the spot where he can make a big difference. Includes facts about types of rocks, the famous rocks mentioned, and Mount Rushmore.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 500421
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/17)
School Library Journal (-) (02/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/03/18)
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Booklist - 01/01/2018 Rocky may be little, but he has big dreams. This ambitious pebble comes from a family of literal rock stars—volcanic Aunt Etna, glacial Uncle Gibraltar, towering Great-Grandma Half Dome—and he wants to be as big and important as them one day. So he decides to visit his famous cousins, starting with the Wave, an undulating and colorful canyon in Arizona. Rocky travels there by truck, but he barely has a chance to settle in before a mighty wind gust whooshes him away. The little rock continues to ping around the country, courtesy of an armadillo, an eagle, rain, and some unwitting humans, before arriving at Mount Rushmore (another cousin), where there’s a monumental need for a pint-size hero. Miyares’ vivid illustrations, painted in watercolor and acrylics, give this story momentum—paneled sequences depict stages of Rocky’s journey—and reflect the grandeur of many of America’s geologic marvels. An afterword on rock types and formations creates a natural segue for discussions on geology or geography, while the encouraging message of dreaming big grounds the playful story. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 K-Gr 3—Rocky, a pebble, determines to do something important by becoming part of the rock formation of one of his illustrious rock family members. He visits his cousin, The Wave, in Arizona but loses a piece of himself when he's blown by the wind. Undaunted, he travels via an eagle's talon to Devil's Tower in Wyoming where a storm washes him away. Rocky proceeds to Dinosaur Valley in Texas and stands guard on sauropod tracks until an armadillo brushes him aside. When he arrives at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, he discovers the park is closed because Lincoln's nose is cracked. Since he's the perfect size to fill that crack, though, Rocky leaps into place and saves the day. In addition to descriptions of rock formations within the text, back matter includes more detailed information on the formations Rocky visits, as well as others, and a discussion of different kinds of rocks. An author's note reveals how actual cracks at Rushmore are repaired. Word play is peppered throughout the text, such as "stone's throw away" and "didn't share the same sediment," providing some humor. The illustrations, executed with watercolor, acrylics, and digital tools, depict amusing scenes of Rocky's perilous journey and some impressive spreads of the majestic rock formations. VERDICT This title may be a jumping-off point for a group discussion of perseverance in the face of obstacles as well as an introduction to famous rock formations. However, it feels a bit forced and the events in Rocky's journey are too contrived to be wholly satisfying.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.