Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 106


Picture Book: Everybody Needs a Rock

Author: Byrd Baylor

Illustrator: Peter Parnall

Summary: Byrd Baylor is seriously passionate about everyone having a rock for a friend. She views rocks as much superior to other kinds of child companions such as bicycles and playhouses. So she offers 10 rules for finding your very own rock, a rock that you might even keep forever.  

Hanna’s Comments: This author's wit and enthusiasm for the objects that might have been the first toys in human history is delightful and contagious. After reading this book, I was desperate for a rock hunting expedition. Encourage the children in your religious community to go on such an expedition.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Charles Scribner’s Songs, 1974

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet, Amateur videos on Youtube.com

PBT Category: Classic

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: artifacts, attentiveness/observation/seeing, choices/decisions, collections, comfort, Earth/world, the environment/nature, exploration, found, God’s nature, God’s presence, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, land/mountains/soil, possessions, reverence, rocks/shells/stones, searching, strength/strength in God, treasure

Scripture Connections: The Lord is my rock and my fortress (Psalm 18:2); you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church (Matthew 16:18)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book with children when talking about metaphors for God such as God as a rock or in a lesson on Peter, Jesus’ disciple.