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A Rock is Lively by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long

A Rock is Lively

My eldest son, Elias, has a love for stones and rocks (or as he calls them, crystals). Our house is full of stones he has found outside of our house, in the garden or in the park – to me they are just stones but to him they are all wonderful – he looks at them for ages finding the sparkling bits or fossilized fragments. He cleans them and studies them and keeps them in boxes and old printing trays in his bedroom.

So when I found this book I knew it would make the perfect birthday present for him.

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A Rock is Lively book

The title itself captures the special thing that people like Elias see in ordinary stones: A Rock is Lively … well I was yet to be convinced but as Mother and Son sat down to read this book – this Mama slowly became a convert. It turns out that stones really rock (if you’ll excuse the pun).

The book is written in such a way that it opens up the world of Stones, rocks and crystals and demonstrates just how interesting they are with bite-size nuggets of facts and stunning drawings to illustrate.

I really loved reading the book with Elias and by the end of the book I was proud that he was so interested in such a subject. Never having been one for Geology as a kid, it was great for me to learn (or re-learn as I’m sure is the case) how different rocks are made up, how old they can be and just how beautiful they can be. Maybe as a result I will be more patient about the piles of stones I find in my washing machine after washing Elias’s trousers! Maybe ….

-Mo x

p.s. A sweet story for younger kids about a ‘special’ stone is the Shirley Hughes Alfie story, Bonting (found in The Big Alfie Out Of Doors Storybook ) – Elias loved that as a little boy – I should have known then that stones are special to some kids!


Comments (4)

March 18, 2015

Wonderful! Appreciate the recommendation for little ones too. My 4-year-old daughter loves collecting rocks. I always find them in her pockets, jewelry box, etc. She even likes wrapping them up as gifts, ha! Thanks again 🙂

Courtney in London
March 18, 2015

My boys would LOVE this book. They also collect ‘crystals’ and keep them in containers all over their bedroom. (When we moved house I had to get rid of some of their precious crystals, and I don’t think they’re ever going to forgive me for this!!!)

March 19, 2015

This is so sweet. I’ve been collecting crystals (rocks or stones for my family) since I was a little girl, too, and I still do (I’m 23). I wish I had this beautiful book!

Esther in Amsterdam
March 20, 2015

My grandma used to collect rocks. I vividly remember her special room with all of the stones — awesome! I should get this book — Pim also loves stones. (And sticks!) xxx

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