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A Rock Is Lively

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  657 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient comes a gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an ar ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 13, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 8-12+- who are interested in nature, geology, art, history, the earth, gorgeous pictures
I’ve read the earlier three books in this series by this author-illustrator team: A Seed Is Sleepy and An Egg Is Quiet and A Butterfly Is Patient and I gave them all 5 stars, so I was very eager to read this 4th book. Also, I collected rocks and shells as a child, and so I was particularly curious about this book.

I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed. In fact, I think this is my favorite of the 4 books.

I was charmed the minute I opened the book and saw a bunch of gorgeous rocks pictured on the
Oct 17, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I love rocks. I have always loved rocks and will forever walk with my head down scanning the ground for specimens. This is a BEAUTIFUL book. Its watercolor illustrations are so perfect and real you have to look to be sure some are not photographs. And that is high praise in a publishing world of non-fiction informational books that is filled with mostly photos these days!

This book shows how rocks are formed, how they move, how they are used, what they create, and more. Each section is headed wit
Aug 25, 2014 Dolly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful combination of poetry, science, and gorgeous illustrations. Our girls love to look at rocks, especially gemstones; they love to discover the wonders inside a geode or ponder the flecks of color in some quartz.

This book inspires the same kind of wonder and awe and I love that there's a science lesson woven throughout. It's a terrific book and we really enjoyed reading it together.
Dec 17, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Another stellar collaboration by the team that created An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient, this nonfiction picture book focuses on rocks and minerals. The book begins with rock melted as magma beneath the earth. It talks about what makes up rocks and how old they are, as well as the rocks that we find in space. Rocks as tools and weapons are explored, mixed in with the amazing rock interiors that surprise and delight. The different types of rocks finish off the factual ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Perhaps only this incredibly talented team could have managed to make rocks seem so appealing to the uninitiated. For those who have spent time studying rocks in their infinite variety, this book provides visual and textual proof of why they are so fascinating. As in their earlier titles, An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient, the duo takes a close look at something in the world around them, in this case, rocks, and then characterizes it as "lively," "mixed up," even "gal ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Dec 08, 2012 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was amazing
If you want Astonishingly Amazingly Beautiful in a children's book, look no further than the writing/illustrating team of Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long. A Rock is Lively is Aston and Long's fourth joint effort following the success of An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy, and A Butterfly is Patient.

I knew this would be a lovely book, but I'd almost despaired of obtaining a copy in time to evaluate it for the Cybils when my librarian friend surprised me with the book last week.

I hope you'll f
Laura Salas
Beautiful illustrations and poetic, surprising text combine to make a terrific nonfiction picture book. If you thought rocks just sat there, think again. This book will make you look at rocks in an entirely different way.

Excerpt: ...bubbling like a pot of soup deep beneath the earth's crust...liquid...molten...boiling

The poetic text alternates wtih straight prose: Depending on what type of rock it is, a rock melts at temperatures between 1,300 and 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit (700 and 1,300 degrees
DyolF Dixon
Mar 22, 2015 DyolF Dixon rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston is a book that introduces young students to rocks. Rocks over millions of years change its form. This is called the rock cycle. Rocks are moved by glaciers and erosion. They are pushed deep into the earth and turn into magma. Rocks are always very slowly being recycled.
There are three types of rocks. Sedimentary are layer rocks pressed together with fossils, seashells, and decayed plants. Metamorphic rocks which started out as sedimentary or igneous through
Jun 26, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
This book has a lot of information and is one i would use to split up into multiple days and activities as it is very long to read all at once. This book focuses on all different kinds of rocks and how they are alike and different. It talks about how rocks are made up of different ingredients like a recipe and what those "ingredients" are for certain rocks. It talks abut the different states of a rock in comparison to soup that starts boiling at higher temperatures. This book also talks about ho ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Js26jl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
TWIN TEXT -- A Rock Can Be.../Laura Purdie Salas/2015

Twin Text Rationale: A very simplistic but engaging text which highlights the various forms rocks can take and where we can find these types of rock, and even what some are used for. The straightforward text and colorful illustrations enhance the nonfiction text by detailing several interesting facts to engage a student in asking more questions to further their learning about the subject.

Text Structure of NF Book: Description

Strategy Applicati
Liz B
Feb 05, 2014 Liz B rated it really liked it
I really like geology, so this book was right up my alley. And I also love the title--as my husband said upon seeing it: "No it's not!" But Aston convincingly brings us back to her central idea of the liveliness of rocks, as she looks at science, art, and history.

I like this a lot for kids of all ages (well, over about the age of 3 or 4 maybe). It would work well, I think, even at the secondary level in an earth science class as an introduction or overview. In an English class, it can be used a
Evelyn Mauldin
Nov 16, 2015 Evelyn Mauldin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
This book discusses different types of rocks, what they are used for, and how they are made. The illustration is beautiful, and likely to grab the attention of young children with and without disabilities. Aston and Long provide information about rocks on different planets, as well as they're functional use on Earth. For example, the writers describe how birds eat rocks to help them with digestion. Many more functional uses for rocks are provided, which could be added to a curriculum involving t ...more
Traci Bold
Jun 02, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Rocks have long been a favorite of mine to learn about, since I was four years old to be exact. My youngest daughter shares my love of them and when we read this picture book written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, we learned more about our favorite rocks than anything on the internet or other books we've read.

Dianna wrote it keeping all ages in mind and kept it simple which makes learning that much easier. Sylvia brought the beauty out in the rocks with her glorious painti
Nov 18, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing
If your kid is interested in science this series is a great option. The text is easy to understand for kids 8 years old and up. The pictures are really nice and colorful. The layout is smart and neat. And the topics are varied and interesting.

A rock is lively contains a great amount of information about rocks as big as an asteroid, and as tiny as a grain of sand. Rocks can be so different and have so many different uses. Man uses and has always used rocks as tools, weapons, for construction, art
Another stunning book from the pair who brought us An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Butterfly Is Patient. From the rock cycle, to rocks as tools, this is an engaging and informative introduction to geology.
Jan 03, 2015 Jazzmin rated it it was amazing
I loved getting a bit of a simple, but informative, "refresher" on some of the geological terminology and simply the beauty of the agates, geodes, and types of rock composition that I had studied in my Geology class. This book was wonderfully informative and engaging in the way it was laid out and brought me back to the fascinating world of geology. The illustrations and labeling of each was an interesting aspect of this books in itself, as well... All of the incredible color mother nature prese ...more
Yusra Faridi
Apr 07, 2014 Yusra Faridi rated it it was amazing
Similar to the other books in this collection, this book is very unique piece that introduces the concept of rocks in an informational yet entertaining way. The book discusses the various different types of rocks and how some of them are formed. This book can be read aloud to older elementary students as they make their way to learning about rocks and geology in science. The pictures in this book are extremely detailed and fascinating to look at. The information provided is helpful to not only s ...more
Allison Barry
Apr 09, 2014 Allison Barry rated it really liked it
I compared this book with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. I chose to match this book up with William Steig's book because they both mention rocks. Of course, a pebble is another form of a rock, but Sylvester ends up turning himself into a rock. The rock he found with his parents turned out to be a wishing rock and he was left up on the hill for a number of years before his parents found him. In A Rock is Lively, it discusses specific rocks like sedimentary, igneous, and metamorp ...more
Sarah VanDyke
I really liked this book because it was informative and the illustrations were attractive. I really liked how it talked about different types of rocks and its uses. I was surprised to read how some rocks are used in toothpaste and how crocodiles swallow rocks so they can stay underwater. I would recommend this book especially for science activities and older grade levels due to the vocabulary. I think it does a great job at presenting the information. In the classroom, the book would be better u ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Dolly
A Rock is Lively is an interesting, attractive book sure to appeal to young rock fans. The kids seemed moderately interested in this book; my niece was interested in the pages about geodes and petroglyphs, and my nephew was excited about the pages about space rocks.

I didn't really care for this book as much as I did for A Seed Is Sleepy, or An Egg Is Quiet. There is a tactile quality to rocks, and I think that much of the data I gather about rocks comes from handling them. The illustrations were
April Dawn
Oct 12, 2013 April Dawn rated it it was amazing
Book Title: A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston

Short Description of the Book: This book is absolutely stunning from the word choice to the drawings of beautiful rocks and gems. I cannot believe that I have taught rocks and minerals without this in my collection!
Students will be captivated from the very first page. It is a must have!

FOCUS: Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson:
1-Informational Text Structure: Comparison. Throughout this text, rocks and minerals are compared to other items. Fo
Becky B
A collection of various types, characteristics and uses of rocks. Each page spread has a sentence that starts “A rock is…” and the information on the page fits that information.

Somewhat random, but with basic information that could be used when studying rocks, types of rocks, or the rock cycle with Earth Science classes. What really stands out in this book are the spectacular illustrations. I would have preferred a bit more organization of some kind to this. Still, it should be good at making a
Gorgeous. Illustrations that make you want to reach right into the picture, touch the surface of the snowflake obsidian, feel the texture of the granite, put a fingertip on the billions of years of history contained in a meteorite. Will work for young listeners who can appreciate the large, simple sentences, as well as reward older independent readers who will pore over the text written in smaller type, which gives more in-depth info.
Apr 02, 2013 Brigida rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Looking at the title, I am captivated with the idea that a rock can be lively. Wouldn't you be? To me, rocks are lifeless and dull. Yet, as I read this book, I discover that each rock carries a story, a historical account of their origins. To be quite honest, I never knew how much we use rocks in our everyday lives. If you think we are the only ones who use rocks, you are sadly mistaken. Animals do this as well. What I found invigorating about this book, was the poetic inflication that each page ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Angelica rated it really liked it
Bubbling like a pot of soup deep beneath the earth's crust.....liquid....molten....boiling
This book can be on the border of a non-fiction book and a picture book. The author and illustrator have really come together to bring splashes of color to talk about how rocks can be lively. The use of color hightens what each rock does and its purpose, also shows where it comes from. Then going into how rocks can be galactic so on and so forth.

I think books is suited for 2nd through 5th grade. It's a grea
Holly Frasier
much like a seed is sleepy, this is a book about different types of ricks. This book gives facts about the different types of rocks. I didn't like this one as much as the other ones even though the illistrations were equally as cute. I just wasn't as interested in the subject matter.
Aug 03, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to get excited about rocks! Beautiful, bright illustrations. Covers all kinds of rocks including asteroids, famous old rocks, and the ways rocks have been used as tools historically. Covers the three types of rocks and includes some minerals.
Megan Wismer
Audience: K-5
Genre: Nonfiction
Fiction Twin Text: The Blue Stone - a Journey Through Life (3-6th Grade)
A Rock is Lively does such a wonderful job of explaining the many uses of a rock. It explains a rock is helpful, surprising, inventive, and even creative. To take the idea of a rock being creative to the next level, I would use the book The Blue Stone. This book talks of a beautiful Blue stone. The stone is broken in half, one piece left and the other created into a statue. Throughout the book
Mar 16, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing
This book was fun, informative, and colorful. My favorite part of the book was the fact that all of the wonderful illustrations of the rocks were labeled. It certainly helps for those of us that have no idea which rock is which.
Apr 20, 2016 Jodi rated it liked it
This book is interesting and informative, with gorgeous illustrations. However, the author holds an evolutionary worldview, making all references to time questionable. We really enjoyed browsing the breathtaking array of stones and appreciated the awesome creativity of our Creator!
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Dianna Hutts Aston was born in Houston, Texas, attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist for several years. LOONY LITTLE is her first picture book with Candlewick Press. She says, "It was one of the hottest summer days on record. My mind, of its own accord, kept wandering northward, to a wilderness of snow and ice, the Arctic. While listening to the news one evening, I heard P ...more
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