New Children's Book Features Real Rocks Shaped Like Each Letter Of The Alphabet

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On a stretch of Florida seashore, nature has revealed itself to Leslie McGuirk in a way that can only be called astonishing. There, she has found rocks in the shape of each letter of the alphabet, as well as rocks resembling the objects that begin with each letter. A is for Addition, and there are rocks in the shape of the numbers; B is for Bird, and there is a rock "bird" sitting on a nest with an egg. Full-color photographs of this unique collection are featured in IF ROCKS COULD SING: A Discovered Alphabet, a new picture book from Tricycle Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.

"This collection began more than ten years ago, as I discovered rocks on the Florida seashore that looked like letters," said McGuirk. "It became a real passion of mine to complete the entire alphabet." The hardest letter to find, she said, was the K. "For many years, I waited for the letter K to appear. There was nothing I could do to make it show up. I understood that nature has its own timing, and my job was to be aware and expectant."

The rocks featured in the book are fossiliferous sandstone, made from grains of sand and fossilized shell fragments that are "glued" together by a chemical in Florida seawater. The rock used for the letter X, which the author found in Maine, is the only one not discovered in Florida.

Leslie McGuirk is the author-illustrator of many children's books, including the Tucker Series, Pip the Penguin books, and Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons. For more information about IF ROCKS COULD SING, and to view the book trailer, visit

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