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Rocks in His Head

av Carol Otis Hurst

Andra författare: James Stevenson (Illustratör)

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A young man has a lifelong love of rock collecting that eventually leads him to work at a science museum.

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This story took its audience through the Great Depression with a financially struggling family. The story follows the father and his life long dream to work with rocks. Although, that works for awhile, eventually the stock market crashed and the father could not work with rocks anymore. Determined to find a job to provide for his family and still hold onto his dream, he finally finds a job as a janitor in the Museum of Rocks. He is later offered a real job as a mineralogist. ( )
  Annalisebradshaw | Feb 4, 2018 |
This book incorporates reading and science in the form of rocks. This book is not a typical easy picture book. Each page is filled with words. This book is a story of a father who loved rocks. The rocks were in all different shapes and colors. His passion of rocks turned into a job at a science museum. Rocks come from all over the world to be studied by scientists. I think this book was a little too long to introduce a lesson about rocks. It was't very informational about the rocks being studied. It does show students how a passion for science can turn into a career. ( )
  rmajeau | Nov 24, 2017 |
A boy is fascinated by different kinds of rock. He begins to collect all kinds of different rocks. Everyone around him discourages his passion and tell him that “he must have rocks in his head.” The Great Depression hits they are forced to move to an old house which he must fix up. He places the rocks in an attic. He visits a museum and takes a job as a janitor and is eventually promoted to mineral curator. This book is proof that hard work pays off. The illustrations are minimal. However, pictures of the rocks are a valuable tool that can be used in the science classroom. Furthermore, this book can be adapted to explore the times of the Great Depression. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Apr 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book and the illustrations that went along with it. This story would be great to use in a science lesson about rocks and minerals because many of the illustrations were the rocks that her dad collected and they were labeled. This book would also be good to introduce science vocabulary to students, such as minerals, mineralogist, and the specific names of rocks and minerals. You could also use part of this story in a history lesson about the Great Depression and the effects it had on the economy and the way people lived. ( )
  ddeely | Apr 13, 2016 |
I believe this book would be appropriate for a lower elementary science classroom learning about geology and rocks and minerals. This story could be used as an interactive read aloud, focusing on the historical and scientific aspects of the events and actions that took place. For example, this story could be used in conjunction with lessons pertaining to the Great Depression, earth science, geology, or the history of certain rocks and minerals. After reading this book, students could further their exploration of rocks and minerals by taking a field trip to the Falls of the Ohio or other parks to closely examine different rocks and minerals. The students could record their findings in a journal, which would include things such as location, type of rock, physical features (color, size, texture, etc).
  Emily.Clark | Apr 6, 2016 |
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Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, December 2001 (Vol. 55, No. 4))
Hurst writes gently and affectionately of her father’s unusual career. Owner of a pre-Depression gas station, he really preferred to collect rocks and talk to his customers about them. When the Depression took its toll and he lost his station, he turned an avocation of museum-going (to see the mineralogy exhibits) into a janitor’s job at the museum; his mineralogical expertise finally triumphed over the museum board’s requirements, and he was appointed curator of mineralogy. There’s a retrospective and adult slant here that will distance this from some young readers, but this is a quiet and personal evocation of one man’s self-acquired education and enduring passion (“Take a look at this one,” he’s always saying as he pulls another specimen out of his pocket). Stevenson’s scratchy, flyaway lines have a front-porch informality suited to their unpretentious subject; the colors are sometimes a bit overly subdued, but they’ve got a low-key and pleasing period flavor. “Do what you love” is a rather abstract message, but this concrete demonstration of the philosophy and its rewards may open some youthful eyes. (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2001, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2001, Greenwillow, 32p, $15.95 and $15.89. Grades 3-5.
tillagd av kthomp25 | ändraThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Deborah Stevenson
Karen Leggett (Children's Literature)
Anyone with rocks in his head must be crazy, right? Look a bit more closely, though, and there may be something very special about those rocks--and the person with rocks in his head. The father in this story has collected rocks since he was a young boy. When he grew up he wanted to do something with rocks, even though he was told "there's no money in rocks." He ended up opening a gas station, pumping gas, changing tires and fixing Model Ts...still collecting rocks and always ready to pull the newest find out of pocket. When the depression forced him to close his filling station and rain kept him from looking for another job, he went to the science museum "looking for rocks that are better than mine." He was hired as a janitor but he spent so much time scrubbing the rocks in the mineral cases that the director put him in charge of the rocks, even though the board of directors usually didn't hire people without college degrees. "I told them I need somebody with rocks in his head and rocks in his pockets. Are you it?" asked the director. "Maybe I am," said the father. This gentle story of persistence and curiosity is illustrated in softly colored, cartoon-style sketches. 2001, Greenwillow Books, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 5 up.
tillagd av kthomp25 | ändraChildren's Literature, Karen Leggett

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