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A Stone Sat Still

A Stone Sat Still

Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel


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Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019

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.

More Details

Size: 11 x 9 in;
Pages: 56 pp;
Age Range: 3-5 years
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2019
ISBN: 9781452173184

Brendan Wenzel is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator based in upstate New York. He wrote Hello Hello and They All Saw a Cat, which was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor. He is a proud collaborator with groups working to protect and conserve wild places and creatures.

Media Reviews

★“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.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Booklist, starred review

★“Wenzel scores another hit with this engaging and thought-provoking [book] . . . Stunning.”
School Library Journal, starred review

★“A powerful kaleidoscope of nature, A Stone Sat Still is stunning.”
Shelf Awareness, starred review

★“There’s a touch of Margaret Wise Brown to the softly musical text… the contrasts are deft and the stone an effective focal point without being anthropomorphized… [A Stone Sat Still] could occasion a pairing with Karas’ As an Oak Tree Grows or a trip to nearby rocks or trees to discuss local time, or it could just be a lulling, thought-tickling readaloud.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

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