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Pet Rocks and Pollywogs by Terri Kelley is about the moments shared between a mother and daughter. In the book, the little girl is lonely and she tells her mother that she has no one to play with. The mother shares with the little girl memories of her childhood days and how she used to keep herself occupied by playing with the things around her offered by nature. The mother tells her daughter how she used to imagine that things around her were other children and play with them. The story shows the bonding between mother and daughter and also encourages children to imagine and be creative.
This snippet from the book encapsulates the gist of the story: 'Imagination is the gateway to a wonderful, silly, scary, beautiful, and surprising world for everyone, young and old alike.' Like any other Terri Kelley book, this book also has some wonderful illustrations that are attractive. The illustrations enhance the visual aspect of the story, helping children to create the scenes in their mind. The book tells us how the girl stops feeling lonely once she makes a grey rock her friend and starts sharing everything with the rock.
The book teaches young readers the concept of delving into their minds and creating a new world on their own where they find comfort and happiness. Making the countryside a toy is a perfect way of teaching kids to appreciate the beauty around them. The book can be used as a bedtime story book and also for read-aloud sessions in classrooms and children's libraries.