Old Rock
Quirky charm infuses this tale of Old Rock's life story, which is much more exciting than you'd expect.Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot in the pine forest for as long as anyone can remember. Spotted Beetle, Tall Pine, and Hummingbird think just sitting there must be boring, but they are in for a wonderful surprise. Fabulous tales of adventurous travel, exotic scenery, entertaining neighbors, and more from Old Rock's life prove it has been anything but boring.Great storytellers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, and Old Rock's stories are sure to inspire questions that lead to wonderful conversations about the past and the natural world.

Old Rock Details

TitleOld Rock
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780525518181
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Science, Environment, Nature, History, Geology, Humor, Juvenile

Old Rock Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    An old rock has been sitting on the spot for a very long time, but it doesn't mean that it hasn't had its share of adventures. This lovely combination of non-fiction (there is a clear timeline at the end of the book to show all the transformations the rock has gone through) and fiction (the rock is telling its lifestory to a pine tree, a spotted beetle and a humming bird) is an interesting way to introduce children to geology and various types of rocks or simply to pique their curiosity and make An old rock has been sitting on the spot for a very long time, but it doesn't mean that it hasn't had its share of adventures. This lovely combination of non-fiction (there is a clear timeline at the end of the book to show all the transformations the rock has gone through) and fiction (the rock is telling its lifestory to a pine tree, a spotted beetle and a humming bird) is an interesting way to introduce children to geology and various types of rocks or simply to pique their curiosity and make them think about all the changes places go through in time. Lovely, gentle illustrations help the reader use their imagination.Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P.Putnam's Sons for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    Old Rock has sat in the same spot on the edge of a clearing in a pine forest for a very long time. Tall Pine, who stands next to Old Rock, thinks that being a rock must be very boring. Spotted Beetle and Hummingbird agree. Hummingbird talks about flying to different parts of the world. Old Rock then mentions that he flew once when he was erupted from a volcano. Spotted Beetle talks about what he can see from different vantage points. Old Rock then tells about watching dinosaurs walk past and Old Rock has sat in the same spot on the edge of a clearing in a pine forest for a very long time. Tall Pine, who stands next to Old Rock, thinks that being a rock must be very boring. Spotted Beetle and Hummingbird agree. Hummingbird talks about flying to different parts of the world. Old Rock then mentions that he flew once when he was erupted from a volcano. Spotted Beetle talks about what he can see from different vantage points. Old Rock then tells about watching dinosaurs walk past and riding a glacier. He even had a vantage point when the glacier left him high on the top of a ridge. Old Rock may never have danced, but he talks about somersaulting down from the ridge and meeting mastodons. And that’s when a very small pine tree started to grow next to him, and he met a beetle and a hummingbird too.Pilutti pushes back against assumptions that could be made about rocks or others that are content right where they are. As the tree, bird and beetle brag about their own experiences, Old Rock can match them and share his own tales that are far more interesting. Old Rock’s clear contentment and stillness add a wonderful grounding to the book, even as he sometimes teeters on a ridge.The illustrations are marvelous, filled with the emotions that go across the face of Old Rock. They contrast modern day with the past nicely using different color palettes for different times. Old Rock though stays solid and gray throughout.A clever book that includes evolution, dinosaurs and a little rock and roll. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Old Rock sits by Tall Pine who begins a conversations saying how the old rocks life must be boring just sitting there. A spotted beetle and humming bird agree - how dull and dreary not to be move, fly and see the sights. They each tell the story of visiting exotic lands, seeing sights of the forest from different vantage points and moving freely with the wind. It is then where the wisdom and the history of the Old Rock is told - starting from shooting out of a volcano, the dinosaurs walking Old Rock sits by Tall Pine who begins a conversations saying how the old rocks life must be boring just sitting there. A spotted beetle and humming bird agree - how dull and dreary not to be move, fly and see the sights. They each tell the story of visiting exotic lands, seeing sights of the forest from different vantage points and moving freely with the wind. It is then where the wisdom and the history of the Old Rock is told - starting from shooting out of a volcano, the dinosaurs walking around him, taking a ride on a glacier to watching a young pine cone emerge into a tall tree. A beautiful way to share the story of the earth and how life is all about perspective which the Tall Tree, Spotted Beetle and Hummingbird agree with in the end including a simplistic timeline of Old Rock's journey. I loved the illustrations that accompany Old Rock's story and his/her facial expressions. A fun one to read and add to your collection
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  • Jen Raab_20
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book. Rock has seen a lot and he shares his story of the changing world around him. Rock has seen a lot. It reminds me that you can’t look at someone and know all of their experiences, so just ask them and they will tell you their story.
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  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A fun journey through epochs of time.
  • Y.Poston
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely tale of perspective and contentment.
  • Potsdam Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    Haha ha! This was too cute. Educational too.
  • Christine Grant
    January 1, 1970
    Read Across America--La Grange Elementary School2nd GradersRock describes his life through the ages. Definitely not boring!
  • Racheal
    January 1, 1970
    Awww!!
  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    Good for creation/evolution discussion.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Great book on perspective-taking, geologic time scales, and friendship. Highly recommended for ages 4-7.
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    The older I get, the more I learn that it's less about right and wrong and more about your perspective. There's always more to the story, and we should be listening more than we're judging. This book illustrates all that in a fun, funny, and really accessible way.
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  • Krissy Neddo
    January 1, 1970
    Colorful illustrations of Rock, Hummingbird, Beetle and Pine Tree on crisp white pages for the repetitive creature conversations about boring old Rock are mixed with colorful illustrations of each character's past experiences on Earth.So many ways to use this as a read aloud. Fun read aloud, geology, timelines, ELA skills (point of view, predicting, descriptive narrative or autobiographical writing(what did you see, how did you move and grow over your life)Love the bit of snarky conversation Colorful illustrations of Rock, Hummingbird, Beetle and Pine Tree on crisp white pages for the repetitive creature conversations about boring old Rock are mixed with colorful illustrations of each character's past experiences on Earth.So many ways to use this as a read aloud. Fun read aloud, geology, timelines, ELA skills (point of view, predicting, descriptive narrative or autobiographical writing(what did you see, how did you move and grow over your life)Love the bit of snarky conversation from hummingbird and pine tree. "So it was just the one time." said Hummingbird (drawn with eye roll)Back matter timeline is just right for age level- fun, short facts, and illustrated
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  • Kayla Casiello
    January 1, 1970
    Extremely cleverly written! Old Rock is truly not boring after all, he has seen much in his long lifetime and Pilutti takes us on a journey through time as Old Rock has seen some changes in his lifetime. An ode to appreciating the quiet, still, older things in life as they have seen and know much. There is so much beauty for Old Rock to appreciate and he is content in his space.
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  • Tracie
    January 1, 1970
    Spotted Beetle, Tall Pine, and Hummingbird think Old Rock's life must be boring because they just sit there in the same place, but as Old Rock tells the story of their life, the three are enthralled with all they've done and seen.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever thought about something as ancient as a rock and all the life and times it has seen?I have! This amazing book follows one rock's journey through time.I was captivated!
  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    A really sweet look at the history of the natural world. Also good for appreciating other people's perspectives. Highly recommended for grades K and up.Copy provided by publisher
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun surprise! Who would have thought of a brief introduction to the geology of the earth in picture book form? Simple with plenty of humor and comedic illustrations, this one rocked for me ;-)Includes a time line in the back matter.
  • Amit Verma
    January 1, 1970
    .Archaeology is not the most interesting subject. Few rocks and few bones and lots of years don't interest a regular student.This story is about a rock.Rock who has seen it all.From the time when it was inside earth's core to the time it got frozen in iceberg.It stays silent.Whatever place it is put.It stays there and provides whatever help it can give.It has reselience to bear every thing and it is always happy.When birds and beetle tease it, it tells them story of billions of year it has .Archaeology is not the most interesting subject. Few rocks and few bones and lots of years don't interest a regular student.This story is about a rock.Rock who has seen it all.From the time when it was inside earth's core to the time it got frozen in iceberg.It stays silent.Whatever place it is put.It stays there and provides whatever help it can give.It has reselience to bear every thing and it is always happy.When birds and beetle tease it, it tells them story of billions of year it has witnessed.Illustration quality is excellent. Colors are inviting and soothing.A very good book to work as a primer for human history and evolution.Thanks edelweiss plus for review copy.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Old Rock's forest friends wonder if it's boring, sitting in one place and never moving. Old Rock insists it's quite the opposte-- they have taken quite a journey, from a volcano, through endless ages, tumbling around, until finding a good spot to sit and observe the world. Old Rock's journey takes us on a very brief history of the natural world, and demonstrates that there is more than one way to enjoy life. I would love to meet Old Rock, myself!
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  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    January 1, 1970
    This was actually pretty good, it's got a lot of nonfiction bits in it mixed in with the talking rock and animals. Overall, the book highlights a timeline of earth from rock's perspective. The animals and tree all feel that rock must be bored because he doesn't get to go anywhere, but, it turns out rock has had a full enough life thus far.
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  • Lisa Swope
    January 1, 1970
    Old Rock had his spot, the same spot, for years, epochs, aeons. He gets visits from birds, trees, beetles, asking if he wishes he could fly, dance, travel… turns out Old Rock has some stories to tell about his experiences! A fun take on the changes our Earth has gone thru over its 4.5 billion years.
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    Great read aloud for Earth Day.
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