Kate Temple

Room on Our Rock

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There are two sides to every story. Read to the end, then back again to uncover a thoughtful story about sharing and compassion.

Three seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it?

When read from front to back, the group of seals firmly believe there is no room on their rock for the parent and child seal who are seeking a place to rest. Readers are then encouraged to read the story again, from back to front, revealing a welcoming message where the seals make room for others and share their rock.

This clever picture book explores the idea that there are two sides to every story, with one story that can be read in two different ways. A gentle lesson to facilitate discussion around sharing and larger themes of societal compassion and inclusion.

Room on our Rock won the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award, for fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.