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THE PICTURE STONE

Author: David G. Hepworth

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: Mindy Magee finished lunch, gathered her beach chair and some books, found her favorite spot under a shade tree by the lake, and began to read. After a few minutes, she nodded off to sleep. A chilling breeze and an odd sound awakened her. In front of her was a large golden bird who introduced himself to her and extended an invitation to a party from Princess Min of the land of Zot. Should she go? Will it be dangerous? What will she tell her parents? Would she be able to return? This is a chapter book fantasy for pre-teens.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 5

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: In addition to writing a great story, the author gives the reader ample opportunity to reflect/discuss questions about family, friends, personal responsibility, curiosity, and power of a positive outlook on life.

Pros: This is a simple and imaginative adventure story. The plot is interesting and quick paced. The characters and their roles are carefully drawn and are essential to the adventure.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This book is a “buy” for a bedtime reading selection and/or for a read aloud book for the classroom.

If You Liked This Book, Try: RAIRARUBIA (The Rairarubia Tales, Book 1)   THE BONES ON BLACK SPRUCE MOUNTAIN   UNA'S JUNGLE JOURNEY

Educational Themes: The story demonstrates the wonder of imagination, the lure of curiosity, and the power of a positive outlook on life. The plot and characters provide ample topics and situations for meaningful thought and discussion.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2006

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