A Stone Sat Still (Hardcover)

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By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
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With simple text and beautiful illustrations, a stone becomes so much more than just an inanimate object. It can be anything to the world around it, and it is permanence in that ever changing world. To the lion, it is a throne, to the grasshopper it is a stage, to the wolf it is a
smell. It is there for all time, an island in a stormy sea, buried under the sands of time. What an important message for a child, that some things will always be there for you. There is always a place where you can be whatever you want or you can just be.

— From Karen B.

A stone stands as a pillar of time, a quiet presence, staying where it is in the world for centuries.  It sees all the seasons cloaked in vibrant greens, crimson reds, gentle purples, and pastel blues.  Creatures of all sizes find a haven beneath it, a warm place atop it,  and a home around it.  It can be a throne to sit upon, a marker for those in flight, and, for some, a kitchen.  There is so much a stone becomes a part of in the natural world; take a moment to observe a beautiful glimpse of this cycle in A Stone Sat Still.

— From Anna Grace


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

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

"A powerful kaleidoscope of nature, A Stone Sat Still is stunning." - Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Wenzel scores another hit with this engaging and thought-provoking [book] . . . Stunning."— School Library Journal

"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

"The Caldecott Honor&ndashwinning author&ndashillustator of They All Saw a Cat is a master at transforming the quotidian into the incredible. His latest explores the boundlessness of a single stone's existence." — BookPage

"Profound and poetic." — The New York Times Book Review

"Awe-inspiring." — Booklist, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452173184
ISBN-10: 1452173184
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2019
Pages: 56
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