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A Rock Is Lively - Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long 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 [b:A Seed Is Sleepy|863910|A Seed Is Sleepy|Dianna Hutts Aston|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1271687694s/863910.jpg|849328], or [b:An Egg Is Quiet|125422|An Egg Is Quiet|Dianna Hutts Aston|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1277129583s/125422.jpg|1704456]. 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 nice, but somehow lacking. The textures, patterns, gradations and combinations of color, and the dimensions of rocks simply didn't transfer spectacularly well to a flat page (I am probably in the minority with this opinion). I guess I just need to see and touch a rock in order to really process and understand it's liveliness.