Pet Rocks and Pollywogs

Children - Grade K-3rd
40 Pages
Reviewed on 01/19/2014
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, treasure hunting (at garage sales and thrift stores), and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

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.