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If Rocks Could Sing

An alphabet book illustrated entirely with stones found washed up on the shore

by Josh Rubin in Culture on 27 June 2011

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Ten years in the making, Leslie McGuirk's latest children's book, If Rocks Could Sing is now available. A simple A-is-for-apple approach to learning the alphabet is enhanced by the artist's imagery of rocks that take form of both the letters and the words they describe.

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The project started when McGuirk moved to Florida and began taking long walks on the beach looking for shells. "All I found were rocks," the artist recalled in a recent chat. "But then I found one that looked like a letter and the idea for the book came to me instantly." From there she began collecting letters and shapes. She recently found a K-shaped rock—the last holdout—and the project was complete.

If Rocks Could Sing is available at Amazon.

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