A Stone SAT Still
A Stone SAT Still
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Annotation: This tale told in rhyming verse considers a stone from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives.
Catalog Number: #190291
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 56
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-452-17318-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-452-17318-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018048432
Dimensions: 24 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
This is a companion to Caldecott Honor Book They All Saw a Cat. Over the years, a large stone's qualities appear to change depending on who interacts with it (rough to a slug, smooth to a hedgehog), reminding readers that our perspectives shape how we see things. Wenzel's textured illustrations include pops of color on earth-toned spreads; light and shadow are used to dramatic effect. A thought-provoking meditation on memory and the passage of time.
Kirkus Reviews
As with Wenzel's Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw a Cat (2016), this picture book plays with perspective to examine characteristics of one object—a stone—as it is experienced by a multitude of creatures.When a sea gull perches atop the stone to crack open a clam, it is "loud." When a snake curls upon it to rest in the sun, it is "quiet." But no matter what, the stone "was as it was / where it was in the world." Wenzel's mixed-media illustrations use a muted color palette well suited to this presentation of the natural world. Readers experience the stone's sensory qualities through the text and its relationship with slightly anthropomorphized animals. In the dark, the stone is "a feel," as curious-looking raccoons know it through their paws, while it's "a smell," lit up in vibrant colors, to a hunting coyote, who sniffs the scents of the creatures who have previously passed. The book's only misstep is the addition of three unnecessary spreads at the end that directly ask readers if they've "ever known such a place?" Coming as they do after text that reads, "and the stone was always," these spreads cannot help but feel anticlimactic.A gentle celebration of sameness and change. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
As in They All Saw a Cat, Wenzel-s poem focuses on how point of view affects experience. This time, his subject is a humble stone: -A stone sat still/ with the water, grass, and dirt,/ and it was as it was/ where it was in the world.- In each spread or vignette, a different wild creature encounters the round rock. A wide-eyed chipmunk perches on it as the sun casts it in shadow (-and the stone was dark-); at night, an owl peers at it lit by the moon (-and the stone was bright-). After a gull breaks a clam on its surface (-and the stone was loud-), a snake sunbathes there (-and the stone was quiet-). Animals witness it turning different seasonal hues and encounter it variably as smooth and rough, large and small, -a blink- and -an age.- Alert readers will notice that the water beneath the stone rises as the pages turn-eventually, great waves overtake it in spreads that reveal a vast expanse of silvery water. But the stone isn-t gone: under the waves, it -sits still in the world,- a small snail upon it. -Have you ever seen such a place?- Wenzel asks. Look closely, his words say: even the most seemingly insignificant bits of Earth offer splendor. The wonderful mixed-media creatures and their encounters entertain, while bigger ideas suggest all kinds of conversations about perception and perspective, wildlife and habitat, local and global change, and eternity and evanescence. Ages 3-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* What at first may seem like a retread of 2016's Caldecott Honor Book They All Saw a Cat takes the beautifully proven concept and elevates it to awe-inspiring heights as, by broadening the scope t still focusing on the little moments contemplates infinity. Wenzel's text sets a steady beat: "A stone sat still / with the water, grass, and dirt / and it was as it was / where it was in the world." Each spread observes the same small boulder, impressionistically depicted through a specific animal's perspective. Wenzel's familiar mixed-media style is sometimes placid and picturesque; other times, it's active and intense; but it always holds to the purposes of poetry, tone, and science. Every image offers interaction, whether through interpretation of the animal's relationship to the stone or through revelation of the secrets hidden within the layered artwork. Periodically, a visual refrain returns us to a snail that makes its way, bit by bit, over the stone. For it, "the stone was an age," and as the book progresses, the passage of time brings steadily rising waters. In the end, the stone becomes an island and then a wave, and finally, to an owl soaring over the sea-flooded world, "the stone was a memory." Yet on the ocean floor, where the stone still sits, another snail begins its journey.
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: K

The brilliant follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel!

A Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world.

This is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, and the passage of time
, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant.

• Filled with stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint
• Soothing rhythms invite reading aloud and bedtime snuggles
• Introduces concepts like color, size, function, and time in a way that is easily understandable and teachable for children

With a rhythmic, calming narrative about the stone and its place in the world—and the changing environment—A Stone Sat Still proves Brendan Wenzel's mastery of the picture book form.

This modern children's classic will enchant readers in preschool and kindergarten, as well as the adults that read with them.

• A wonderful gift for teachers, librarians, and educators who are looking to teach difficult concepts like perspective and perception
• Perfect for parents and caregivers wanting to educate their kids about the environment, nature, and animals
• Great for fans of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, as well as Wenzel's previous books They All Saw a Cat and Hello Hello

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