As I was reading this nonfiction book with my youngest, my middle-schooler came in and told us that a rock is not lively. A rock is not alive. Still, despite her objections to the title, I could see her leaning over trying to catch a glimpse of the bright and active illustrations of lazurite, snowflake obsidian and amethyst geode.
Rocks are helpful, surprising, old and galactic. But lively? My dictionary’s first definition is “full of life and energy”. This is not the epitome of a rock. Or is it? Dianna Hutts Aston makes the case, along with illustrator Sylvia Long, on the final spread with exploding magma forming into obsidian. The illustration certainly has energy–the second definition of lively: “animated, exciting, or intellectually stimulating”.
A Rock Is Lively reasons with us, gives us beauty and fascination. Read it and tell me what you think.
(Definitions from Encarta World English Dictionary. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.)