“Some people collect stamps. Other people collect coins. My father collects rocks.”
However, all of them are proven wrong when his knowledge and passion for rocks earns him a job during the Great Depression working at the Science museum. Slowly but surely, Carol’s father works his way up to becoming the curator of mineralogy.
This book sends a great message about staying true to oneself, and doing things that make you happy. As Carol Otis Hurst states, “Anyone who has ever felt a little out of step with the world will identify with this true story of a man who followed his heart and his passion.” Rocks in His Head is a fantastic read for children around age 5 and up. It is a well-written text intertwining history (The Great Depression) with an intriguing true story and positive life messages. Additionally, the unique, sketch-like illustrations (by James Stevenson) on every page give the reader lots of room to use their imagination and fill in the details. If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read than Rocks in his Head is your perfect book!