Rocks in His Head

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Harper Collins, May 8, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Some people collect stamps. Other people collect coins. Carol Otis Hurst's father collected rocks. Nobody ever thought his obsession would amount to anything. They said, "You've got rocks in your head" and "There's no money in rocks." But year after year he kept on collecting, trading, displaying, and labeling his rocks. The Depression forced the family to sell their gas station and their house, but his interest in rocks never wavered. And in the end the science museum he had visited so often realized that a person with rocks in his head was just what was needed.

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.


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User Review  - SRThompson - LibraryThing

A dad is so in love with rocks, and collecting rocks, that he finds himself a job as a janitor at a museum. The woman who hired him is so impressed with his willingness to learn about rocks that she ... Read full review

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

Children's author Carol Otis Hurst turns to the life story of her own father in this delightful picture-book biography, chronicling his life-long love of rocks, and how this obsession eventually led ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Carol Otis Hurst is a storyteller, teacher, children's book critic, and columnist for Teaching K-8 Magazine. She is the author of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Rocks in His Head.

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