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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,291 ratings  ·  370 reviews
È una montagna? È un'isola? Qualunque cosa sia, Petra ti stupirà! ...more
Hardcover, 20 pages
Published May 26th 2016 by Lapis edizioni
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Dave Schaafsma
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. This is book #17 (of 20) of 2018, and we liked it a lot. It's a sometimes surprising book about a rock named Petra who keep adjusting her identity to her circumstances: So she gets thrown in a puddle? Hey, no prob, I'm an island, and so on. Sweet art, too.

Lyra (11): 4.5 stars. Cute pictures! I like how it shows that you can be anything using your imagination, but not to forget, too, who you truly are.

Hank (12): 3.5 stars.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
One of the best things about childhood is being able to imagine you are anything you want to be. Petra is a rock who has a wonderful imagination. She also makes the best of whatever situation she is in. The illustrations are wonderful in this story and considering she is a rock, her facial expressions are fantastic. A great little story to read and talk about being whatever you want to be. A nice addition to a school, classroom or family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidstuff
I am a rock
I am an island

Petra is a rock . . . or is she something else?

A fun story about a rock that rolls with the changes, and sees the world in the merest pebble. Simple but charming illustrations by the author.



*Paul Simon
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Petra” is a pebble who thinks she is a mountain. Along the way she thinks she is other things too: an egg and an island. Overall this book teaches children that they can be multiple of things and all be acceptable. I thought Petra was a cute and clever way to show this. It’s a very simple and quick book so small kids should easily be able to follow the story. The color scheme and illustrations are beautiful.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
3.5 Stars

This is a children’s picture book that talks about ‘rolling with the punches’, and not getting flustered over what life throws at us, but rather just to roll with it. Probably a book that a few adults would find helpful as well.

Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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"What will I be tomorrow?

Who knows?

Well, no need to worry.

I'm a rock , and this is how I roll."

A short and lovely book about identity and patterns. Beautiful pictures and a loveable character.

Is Petra a mountain or a rock? Can the wind or time move her?

A prize medal by Marianna Coppo.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a better person for having read this.

That’s how I roll.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This was amazing! I'm not just biased because my friend's D&D character is an Earth Genasi named Petra either.


Highly recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
All I want to do is keep on rolling....

Petra is a rock with supersonic imagination and that doesn't hurt anyone, right?

Well, all I can say is that when my Children's Books only mode is on and I'm glued to the book, "Nothing can move me."
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Petra is a rock and this is how she rolls.
Leah Rachel von Essen
A cute tale about a rock with a big imagination.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a nice children’s book. Petra is a lovely pebble with huge ambition and even bigger resilience.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rock can be many things...
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petra is a rock who imagines what she is based on her circumstances. She's a "fearsome, fearless, mighty, magnificent mountain." When Petra is retrieved by a dog and called a pebble she denies this and calls herself an egg when she lands in a nest. She's "not any ordinary egg. (Petra) . . . is an egg of the world, in a world of possibilities." When Petra is tossed out of the nest and lands in a pond, she becomes "an amazing island." This adorable book will encourage children's imaginations to be ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not typically fond of children's books, only YA (and even then, I almost exclusively read fantasy/sci fi and historical YA), but this one has been showing up in my feed a lot, and it's pretty cute!

Plus, any picture book that quotes John Donne is pretty solid.
Nadine Jones
A cute story about a rock who has a BIG imagination. There's not really much more to it than that. This would be a great book to read to a wiggly toddler who can't sit still for long, or to read with children who enjoy painting rocks. ...more
Wayne McCoy
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Petra' by Marianna Coppo is a book filled with imagination and a main character that is a rock. In spite of this, the character has appeal.

When we meet Petra, she is a mighty, immovable mountain. Nothing can shake her. Or can it?

Things are not what they seem, and Petra has to learn that life can change things up on you. Petra imagines herself as an egg and an island. With her imagination and good attitude, she really won't be shaken.

Petra is a good lesson for anyone experiencing change. What yo
Stay Fetters
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
Petra is sassy and has quite the imagination.
This is who your role model should be!
I've had this book on my desk for a few weeks and kept hesitating on reading it in storytime, but today I did and the kids loved it! They had so many observations about the art work, the story, Petra herself, and were surprised by how the story changed with each page. It was the best! ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, and clever.
Tin Cheung
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Inspires imagination and wonder!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Petra is a mountain. Of a sort. An egg. Of a sort. An island. Of a sort.

Who knows what Petra is and what he will become? No one knows, not even Petra.

You will love this little story of Petra's adventures, growing and changing, always excited about the future, delighting in wherever he is and wherever he goes.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the most adorable books that I have ever read! It was short and sweet, the art was very pleasant, and there was also a good amount of humour! Actually, I found this book to be quite funny. There’s definitely something in this book for for readers of all ages. I found it to be cute, and enjoyable, and I also like that there is a hardcover option, considering that it’s a children’s book, and kids can be quite rough on their books.

As I mentioned, the art was really nice. It’s v
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and cute! Only reading this for the Goodreads Choice Awards this year. Unfortunately, it really pales in comparison to the other contenders, but it's still really cute. ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Top of my Storytime list for this season! Great for talking about perspective, possibilities and using your imagination.
It's like Hello Rock, but from the rock's point of view. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found this at one of our libraries. Laughed aloud, loved it, recommended it to my s. o., who has loved it too, and now I'm recommending it to YOU. Read this one. ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Petra. She's an eternal, unmoving mountain. But, wait - a dog picks Petra up and brings her to its owner, who tosses her into a bird's nest. No worries. She's an egg, loaded with potential, once she hatches. Oops, nope... Mama Bird has returned, and tosses Petra into a lake. No problem. She's an amazing island! Oh... now, she's in a young girl's room, where she's transformed... into something new and exciting. You see, Petra isn't stressed about it: she's all about the present; experiences; ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Petra is a rock and this is how she rolls.

Petra is the story of a rock who is underestimated by the people around her. Set in the plants she is a mountain. In the pond she is an island. She's full of potential, but people keep telling her she's a rock. A pebble. They send her flying. After every setback Petra reinvents herself to fit her new surroundings. 

Petra is about perspective. It is also about life's ups and downs.

I loved Petra from the cover. Her smile is impossible to resist. This is a f
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a wonderful little book! Totally in love with the little "rock".

The story is about a fun adventure of an adorable little rock defines herself, encourages herself and adapt herself. The meaning behind the story is very subtle, and one has to really take a step to think how things evolve in the story. It is fun and meaningful. Although I have to point out that the deep meaning down there is not so easily discoverable. For the "change of circumstances" or "situations", just counted the 20 revi
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Marianna Coppo is an author/illustrator from Italy. She studied editorial illustration at MiMaster in Milan, and now focuses on freelance illustration in Rome. She is one of the curators of Tentacoli, an independent label which specializes in fanzines and handmade products. Petra is her first picture book.

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