A Chip Off the Old Block by Jody Jensen Shaffer, illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books

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Summary:  Rocky is little, but he dreams of doing great things like his Aunt Etna the volcano or his Uncle Gibraltar, who rules over huge ships and oceans.  His parents tell him he’s just a pebble, “a chip off the old block”, as his dad likes to say, but Rocky feels like a boulder inside.  Traveling by truck, eagle flight, and car, he visits the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower, and Mt. Rushmore.  At Mt. Rushmore, he learns that the destination has closed because Abraham Lincoln’s nose is cracked.  Rocky travels down Lincoln’s face, and realizes he fits perfectly into the crack.  All is well, and Rocky feels like he is no longer taken for granite.  Includes information about the three types of rocks and identifies the famous rocks in the story, along with each one’s type.  32 pages; grades K-3.

Pros:  A fun introduction to rocks and some famous geological sites around the world.

Cons:  The ending felt a little forced.

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