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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 sce 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.


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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 sce 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.

30 review for Old Rock (Is Not Boring)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richie Partington

    Richie’s Picks: OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING) by Deb Pilutti, Putnam, February 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-525-51818-1 “Ah how does it feel? To be on your own With no direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone” -- Bob Dylan (1965) “Time passed, things changed, and the world chilled. Which wasn’t too bad, because Old Rock took a ride in a glacier and toured the land. ‘Once the glacier melted, it left me perched at the top of a ridge, and I could see the place where the sky touches the earth.’ ‘My, Richie’s Picks: OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING) by Deb Pilutti, Putnam, February 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-525-51818-1 “Ah how does it feel? To be on your own With no direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone” -- Bob Dylan (1965) “Time passed, things changed, and the world chilled. Which wasn’t too bad, because Old Rock took a ride in a glacier and toured the land. ‘Once the glacier melted, it left me perched at the top of a ridge, and I could see the place where the sky touches the earth.’ ‘My, you have seen a lot,’ said Spotted Beetle. ‘How unusual,’ said Hummingbird. ‘Yes, but that was ages ago,’ said Tall Pine.” Do you have a favorite rock? Mine’s called Red Rock. It’s huge. It’s located a few hours north of San Francisco, along the Eel River, in Mendocino County. An hour’s trek from the nearest road, Red Rock forms the backdrop of a spectacular, deep swimming hole. I fear that the pandemic won’t be sufficiently under control to permit us to head up there around the Fourth of July. That’s usually when the water has warmed up for swimming, but before the river’s flow diminishes and the algae blooms take over. Most likely, we’ll have to wait until summer 2021 to return there. Meanwhile, I have long-ago photos to show my grandkids: my younger self hiking in the blazing heat, along abandoned railroad tracks, heading for Red Rock with their mama riding high in a toddler backpack. Red Rock isn’t going anywhere--at least not in the short term. The same is true with Old Rock. “Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot, at the edge of a clearing in the middle of a pine forest for as long as anyone could remember. And even before that.” But that does not mean that Old Rock has been sitting there forever. In OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING), the large grey rock explains to its friends how it came to be situated in its current location. We learn that it started out by being erupted out of a volcano. It experienced the age of dinosaurs, rode a glacier and eventually--thanks to an earthquake-- tumbled into its current resting place. This all makes OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING) an excellent introductory earth science book for 5- to 10-year-olds. It has me recalling the long-ago high school Earth Science class in which the teacher excitedly explained plate tectonic theory. I vividly recall that lesson, having taken place at a time when the then-revolutionary theory had gained widespread scientific acceptance, but hadn’t yet been included in textbooks. As befits its audience, OLD ROCK (IS NOT BORING) includes a dose of humor, including sight gags, as well as the lively talking tree, ladybug, and hummingbird. I’d combine this read with either adopting pet rocks or an art project involving small rocks that kids could adorn with facial features. Richie Partington, MLIS Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.pbworks.com https://www.facebook.com/richiespicks/ richiepartington@gmail.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    A new way to learn about changes through our very long history of earth is certainly NOT boring. Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle and Hummingbird start a conversation with Old Rock telling it how boring his life must be. He never goes anywhere! Even the tree "flutters gently" or sometimes "dances wildly". They soon find how wrong they are as Deb Pilutti lets Old Rock tell his very long story. Introducing geologic time with a few events for young readers makes a fascinating and fun story. Deb fills the A new way to learn about changes through our very long history of earth is certainly NOT boring. Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle and Hummingbird start a conversation with Old Rock telling it how boring his life must be. He never goes anywhere! Even the tree "flutters gently" or sometimes "dances wildly". They soon find how wrong they are as Deb Pilutti lets Old Rock tell his very long story. Introducing geologic time with a few events for young readers makes a fascinating and fun story. Deb fills the page with colorful illustrations that liven the story and adds a brief timeline at the back that includes the main parts from Old Rock's life story. It's terrific!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I read this book very quickly in the B&N childrens’ aisle. *shhhhhh! Don’t tell!* and it was adorable! I love how rock appreciates what he is and what he can do! ❤️ I read this book very quickly in the B&N childrens’ aisle. *shhhhhh! Don’t tell!* and it was adorable! I love how rock appreciates what he is and what he can do! ❤️

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hnatiuk

    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 arou 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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    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 rid 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    This book is not boring! I just adore Old Rock and how he puts things in perspective for the beetle, pine, and hummingbird. There is so much to dig into in this book, and it is a fun narrative also. I’m also a big fan of Pilutti’s illustration styles. It is such a fun mix of cartoon and realistic with each character’s personalities shining through the illustrations. Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=2... This book is not boring! I just adore Old Rock and how he puts things in perspective for the beetle, pine, and hummingbird. There is so much to dig into in this book, and it is a fun narrative also. I’m also a big fan of Pilutti’s illustration styles. It is such a fun mix of cartoon and realistic with each character’s personalities shining through the illustrations. Full review at: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=2...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    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 a 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    Being a rock doesn't mean that you don't have an interesting life. Old Rock has had some amazing experiences through the years - flying out of a volcano, chatting with dinosaurs, moving around in a glacier - much to the surprise of his friends. His friends think that he must be bored, but after he shares his stories with them, they have a different opinion. The clever text and bright, humorous illustrations is a fun way to talk about the changes through time in the natural world. An author's not Being a rock doesn't mean that you don't have an interesting life. Old Rock has had some amazing experiences through the years - flying out of a volcano, chatting with dinosaurs, moving around in a glacier - much to the surprise of his friends. His friends think that he must be bored, but after he shares his stories with them, they have a different opinion. The clever text and bright, humorous illustrations is a fun way to talk about the changes through time in the natural world. An author's note at the end gives an illustrated summary of natural history. This could be a fun starting point for further research into natural history.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria Collins

    Lovely story highlights that what you see might not br the whole story. Everyone has a journey, a history, and if you ask you just might be stopped by the adventures hidden behind quiet neighbors. Use it in classroom to talk about time/ science, how we talk to other people, assumptions, personality, new perspective...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    With a nice sense of pacing, organized around the questions Old Rock's three friends ask about Old Rock's life, and personable illustrations, this is a great story about how just because something looks old and still doesn't mean that it hasn't had a full existence. Themes: Boring, Nature, Old and Young Age Range: 2-5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Adkins

    Super duper loved this creative story telling about Old Rock and his experiences. The twist put into this story and how it tells such an informative text is really wonderful. The illustrations are fun and fresh and you can really see the personalities in each character. The information provided in the back of the book is presented in a fun and educational way too. A+!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen Da Reader She Likes BigBooks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Old Rock's expressions are priceless, and his forest friends' personalities are equally endearing. This book has a lot of kid appeal - kids might never look at rocks quite the same way. Clever and cute story!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Snyder

    Most children would say rocks don’t do anything, but this book shows that rocks have a very long life span and have experienced more than we know. Old Rock, also, tells how it can learn a lot from being still and watching and listening. The illustrations are very well done.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Life as a boulder seems boring to others, but Old Rock has been around a while and seen some excitement in his day. A great introduction to various geological eras, not to mention a sweet reminder that youth should respect their elders.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joan Marie

    I love the way the author introduces young audiences to nature's past through an unlikely character, Old Rock. Teachers, parents, and kids should find the back matter of factual information extends the learning experience. Kudos to Pilutti!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A fun journey through epochs of time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Lovely tale of perspective and contentment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Great book on perspective-taking, geologic time scales, and friendship. Highly recommended for ages 4-7.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Potsdam Public Library

    Haha ha! This was too cute. Educational too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Good for creation/evolution discussion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine Grant

    Read Across America--La Grange Elementary School 2nd Graders Rock describes his life through the ages. Definitely not boring!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A basic introduction to geology, as well as a sweet story of friendship.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What an exciting life old rock has had!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dana Storytime Account

    I really enjoyed this story and think it could be used in a wide variety of lesson plans for STEAM type story times.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fawn

    This is cute, about perspective and also geology in a narrative that was fun to read aloud

  29. 4 out of 5

    kim

    cute and even a little educational

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The story and illustrations are nice. It was fine but didn't really jump out to me as a great read-aloud or anything.

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