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Author: Jimmy Liao

Illustrator: Sarah L. Thomson, adapted by (English Text)

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: For ten thousands of years, a blue stone lies peacefully in the forest. When people see how beautiful it is, they want a piece for themselves. The stone, now two parts, is lonely for its other half. It is transformed by one artist, then another, then another. Tt passes from hand to hand, in ever smaller pieces, until finally it returns again to the forest. This is an illustrated folktale about the circle of life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, developing reader, learning to read, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations captured and kept our daughter's interests. Multiple attempts to read the book were cut short by requests just to look at the pictures.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautiful book with illustrations that captivate the reader. This is a book you could use as a wordless story because each photo-spread is easily it's own story. We loved the allegory of the tale and how everything came full circle.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations and simple words will engage listeners and readers of all levels as they follow the story of the blue stone.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will be enjoyed for its illustrations with young listeners and with the depth of a beautiful poem by advanced readers.


Educational Themes: This is a book you can enjoy as a folktale, as a poem, as an easy reader, or as a wordless story. The themes include the circle of life, love, loneliness, and change.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.8

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, fables and folklore

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008

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