A Rock is Lively, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

I had a whole thing written out to post today about how nice it was that the long, tundra-esque winter seemed to finally be coming to a close and the kids were out riding bikes and playing on the beach again, and how the ice was beginning to recede from the bay and it must mean we don’t live in Winterfell afterall.

Beach Springtime

And then I woke up to snow this morning.

I went outside to take a picture of it for this new post, and the mass of bright white just blended in with the white page. So just imagine this:


Happy Earth Day, folks.

Rather than tearily cursing the natural world on a day dedicated to respect and care for the Earth, I’m just going to keep my big fat mouth shut and internalize. It seems much healthier.

I’m just going to talk about the book.

We received a package in the mail from my cousin’s mother (she’s my third cousin, so I’m not sure what exactly that makes her mother, who was my mother’s second cousin, and I’m just not even going to try to work it all out but either way, she’s one of my favorite people) who’s having a nice warm old time in Arizona and was kind enough to think of my kids and put together a book packet. Seriously, this is a family that has made a distinct mark on my children’s bookshelf, having consistently added to their library since before they were even born- and a lot of their obsessive favorites, no less. And in the week since we received this southwest-geology-themed package, guess how many times I’ve read the following book (to BOTH the 4 and 7 year old, which is getting more and more rare, by the way, as Toby is leaning almost exclusively toward chapter books these days)? More than seven. Thanks Sarah, Jess, and Kate, big hit once again!

A Rock is Lively, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long| www.ameliesbookshelf.com

A Rock Is Lively is, I’ve just found out, part of a really beautiful series of scientific books that includes “A Seed Is Sleepy,” “An Egg Is Quiet,” and “A Butterfly Is Patient” which I will for sure be checking out. This one is, obviously, about rocks- their formation, their make up, and their cycles. The text alternates between lovely poetic bits in an elegant cursive script (“…bubbling like a pot of soup deep beneath the earth’s crust…liquid…molten…boiling.“) and more informative scientific bits in a regular print script (“Depending on what type of rock it is, a rock melts at temperatures between 1,300 and 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.“)

A Rock is Lively

The illustrations are intricate, bold, and elegant.
A Rock is Lively

Depending on how you read it, it can be thorough and educational, gentle and lyrical, or both.

A Rock is Lively

A Rock is Lively

My Elsie is home sick today, and since there’s no way in Hell I’m going outside (I’m doing my best to not even look out the windows), we’re celebrating Earth Day reading books and doing some crafts. What are you reading today?

10 thoughts on “A Rock is Lively, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

    • I’m on the verge of losing it, Danzel. Spring snowfalls are the worst. The sun comes out, the snow melts, you venture out again thinking it’s safe and BAM, SUCKA!


  1. ahhhhhh this is so lovely!!!!!! and what amazing relatives you have, to send such awesomeness in the mail! that’s fantastic! i’ve heard such a great things about these books, I really must find one at the library to bring home, they have a butterfly one, I believe. hang in there with the weather, spring must be coming for you soon!!


    • I’m very lucky, they’ve always been the best! Go, go find one of these, Julia will love it, I just know! And you keep posting those lilac pictures for those of us nowhere near spring…


  2. I am glad I came across this post. I had heard of this book but didn’t know much about it or that it was a series of books. I will definitely look at getting these. Thanks for that


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