In this picture book, a young boy with learning difficulties finds solace in the rocks he collects. and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer’s field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life’s simple pleasures. As a child, Carolyn Beck spent her summers in fields and meadows. Now she spends as much time as she can at her cottage in the Muskokas. This is the second book she has worked on with her sister, Andrea. Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea Beck, creator of the Elliot Moose series, loves animals. She had a beagle named Toby, whose black spots reminded her of the patches on a cow. She wishes all cows lived Buttercup’s life. Andrea lives in Unionville, Ontario. She worked on this book using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com. Keywords: rhyming, humor, cows, farm Pocket Rocks Sheree Fitch Illustrated by Helen Flook A pocket full of rocks helps Ian Goobie keep his feet on the ground. No matter how hard he tries, even with the help of his classroom aide, Ian Goobie can’t do the things that the other children in his class can do. Every day he dreads going to school. Then he finds a rock, a rock that touches all his senses and whisks him away into a whole other world. From then on, as long as he has a rock in his pocket, Ian Goobie can manage his daily challenges. That is, until Ian has to face his biggest challenge yet.
Sheree Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children’s literature, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit. Sheree lives in River John, Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.shereefitch.com.
Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a degree in graphic design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children’s books, including many Orca picture books and early chapter books in the Orca Echoes series. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.