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Hurst, Carol Otis.
New York : Greenwillow, 2001.
IL K-3, RL 2.6
ISBN 0060294043
James Stevenson's cartoon-like watercolor and ink paintings tell the true story of the author's father. He always collected rocks, ever since he was a little boy. People told him he had rocks in his pockets and rocks in his head. When he grew up, he built and ran a gas station that even had special shelves to display all of his unusual carefully labeled rocks. Then the Depression came and no one had money to buy gas and drive cars. Eventually, he had to close his gas station and spend all of his time looking for odd jobs. During rainy days he went to the science museum to examine the rock collection in the glass cases. One day the director of the museum inquired about his interest in rocks. Find out what happens next to a man who had "rocks in his head and rocks in his pockets", who truly knew what he loved.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
SUBJECTS:     Rocks -- Collection and preservation -- Fiction.
                        Rock collectors -- Fiction.


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