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A Stone Sat Still



written and illustrated by
Brendan Wenzel

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9781452173184

Awards and Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
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In this moving companion to the Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw a Cat, Brendan Wenzel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary stone. But it isn't just a stone—to the animals that use it, it's a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven…even an entire world. With stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint, and soothing rhythms that invite reading aloud, A Stone Sat Still is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, sensory experience, color, size, function, and time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. Once again Wenzel shows himself to be a master of the picture book form.

Full-color illustrations were rendered in a variety of media, including cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker, and the computer.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

NP

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2019

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Stones. Perception. Nature. Stories in rhyme. Rocks.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist*, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine, The New York Times, School Library Journal*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*

School Library Journal

Wenzel scores another hit with this engaging and though-provoking companion to They All Saw a Cat. “A stone sat still/with the water, grass, and dirt/and it was as it was/where it was in the world.” Lyrical text, stunning mixed-media artwork, and cleverly shifting perspectives reveal how this object is at once static and ever-changing, predictable yet filled with possibility, seemingly eternal yet somehow vulnerable. The stone is “dark” when swathed in shadow, and “bright” when bathed in moonlight. It’s “loud” when a seagull uses it to break apart a clam, and “quiet” when a snake sits curled atop; “rough” (compared to a slug) and “smooth” (compared to a porcupine); a “pebble” to a moose, and a “hill” to a tiny insect. As various animals discover, the stone is “a danger,” “a haven,’ “a story,” “a stage,” and so much more. Detail-packed illustrations work closely with the text to eloquently convey this sedentary stone’s role in its surrounding biome. Observant readers will notice that the water levels surrounding the stone are rising, which becomes first “an island,” then “a wave,” then “a memory” as it disappears beneath the surface, continuing to sit “still in the world” surrounded by seaweed and sea creatures. Showcasing at-a-glimpse activities of an array of animals, this book offers small stories to pore over as well as bigger ideas to ponder, including the influence of viewpoint, the relationship between wildlife and habitat, the impact of environmental issues, and the vagaries of time.

Horn Book

This multilayered companion to Wenzel’s Caldecott Honor Book They All Saw a Cat (rev. 11/16) starts and ends with similar images of the same large stone. “A stone sat still with the water, / grass, and dirt / and it was as it was / where it was in the world.” As if placed on a stage, the stone remains as the years advance. Its qualities appear to change depending on how creatures interact with it (rough to a slug, but smooth to a hedgehog), Wenzel once again reminding readers that our perspectives shape how we see things. In the story, we are usually on the ground with the stone, save for some playful points of view, such as a colossal moose’s (to whom “the stone was a pebble”). After an impressive wordless double-page spread on which rolling waters submerge the stone, Wenzel shifts the book’s tone and pace by directly addressing readers: “Have you ever known such a place?” Look closely in the sun-drenched waves to see the outline of what looks like an adult and child holding hands. Wenzel’s textured illustrations include pops of color on earth-toned spreads. Light and shadow are also used to dramatic effect, as when the moonlit stone appears bright to an owl. The stone sits still, but the reader will be moved by this thought-provoking meditation on memory and the passage of time.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Wenzel scores another hit with this engaging and though-provoking companion to They All Saw a Cat. “A stone sat still/with the water, grass, and dirt/and it was as it was/where it was in the world.” Lyrical text, stunning mixed-media artwork, and cleverly shifting perspectives reveal how this object is at once static and ever-changing, predictable yet filled with possibility, seemingly eternal yet somehow vulnerable. The stone is “dark” when swathed in shadow, and “bright” when bathed in moonlight. It’s “loud” when a seagull uses it to break apart a clam, and “quiet” when a snake sits curled atop; “rough” (compared to a slug) and “smooth” (compared to a porcupine); a “pebble” to a moose, and a “hill” to a tiny insect. As various animals discover, the stone is “a danger,” “a haven,’ “a story,” “a stage,” and so much more. Detail-packed illustrations work closely with the text to eloquently convey this sedentary stone’s role in its surrounding biome. Observant readers will notice that the water levels surrounding the stone are rising, which becomes first “an island,” then “a wave,” then “a memory” as it disappears beneath the surface, continuing to sit “still in the world” surrounded by seaweed and sea creatures. Showcasing at-a-glimpse activities of an array of animals, this book offers small stories to pore over as well as bigger ideas to ponder, including the influence of viewpoint, the relationship between wildlife and habitat, the impact of environmental issues, and the vagaries of time.

Horn Book

This multilayered companion to Wenzel’s Caldecott Honor Book They All Saw a Cat (rev. 11/16) starts and ends with similar images of the same large stone. “A stone sat still with the water, / grass, and dirt / and it was as it was / where it was in the world.” As if placed on a stage, the stone remains as the years advance. Its qualities appear to change depending on how creatures interact with it (rough to a slug, but smooth to a hedgehog), Wenzel once again reminding readers that our perspectives shape how we see things. In the story, we are usually on the ground with the stone, save for some playful points of view, such as a colossal moose’s (to whom “the stone was a pebble”). After an impressive wordless double-page spread on which rolling waters submerge the stone, Wenzel shifts the book’s tone and pace by directly addressing readers: “Have you ever known such a place?” Look closely in the sun-drenched waves to see the outline of what looks like an adult and child holding hands. Wenzel’s textured illustrations include pops of color on earth-toned spreads. Light and shadow are also used to dramatic effect, as when the moonlit stone appears bright to an owl. The stone sits still, but the reader will be moved by this thought-provoking meditation on memory and the passage of time.

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