A Rock Can Be . . .

From the Series Can Be . . . Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A rock is a rock, part of cliff, road or sea. But now can you guess what else it can be?

A rock can be a…dinosaur bone, stepping-stone, hopscotch marker, fire sparker. Find out about the many roles a rock can play in this poetic exploration of rocks around the world.

Laura Purdie Salas’s lyrical, rhyming text and Violeta Dabija’s glowing illustrations make simple yet profound observations about seemingly ordinary objects and encourage readers to suggest “what else it can be!” Using metaphors for a leaf (tree topper / rain stopper), a rock (hopscotch marker / fire sparker), and water (thirst quencher / kid drencher), these insightful picture books creatively highlight a variety of roles and relationships in nature.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-03-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF051000, JNF037060, JNF042000
Dewey 552
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level L
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 135 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Lion of the Sky, theCan Be… series, and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.

Illustrator: Violeta Dabija

Violeta Dabija lives in Moldova, a small Eastern European country. She has a strong traditional art background, a BA degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design and 10 years of experience as a children's book illustrator. She works in both traditional and digital media and often mixes them to produce delicate and atmospheric illustrations with a traditional feel. She has illustrated about 25 children's books and she enjoys creating magic pictures and unique environments for her characters.


  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2017



“…this beautiful picture book makes an excellent classroom read-aloud, challenging children to puzzle out the ideas in the poetic phrases and to broaden their thinking about rocks.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Purchase for your rock hounds or where the earlier books in this series are popular.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration.” —Kirkus Reviews