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A Stone for Sascha

Aaron Becker Aaron Becker



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Walker Books
01 May 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A gorgeously hued wordless picture book which starts with a young girl plucking flowers. The next page shows that they are for the burial of what is obviously a much-loved pet dog. Her family go away for a seaside break and as she walks along the beach picking up stones, the story suddenly breaks away into a historical journey. A meteorite plunges to earth, forms a special outcrop of rock, and the rock goes through many transformations as different peoples shape it to their purpose - including, eventually, the young girl. A sophisticated picture book which allows the viewer to construct their own meanings. Lindy Jones


This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl's grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. In his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker achieves a tremendous feat, connecting the private, personal loss of one child to a cycle spanning millennia - and delivering a stunningly layered tale that demands to be pored over again and again.
By:   Aaron Becker
Illustrated by:   Aaron Becker
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 247mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   539g
ISBN:   9780763665968
ISBN 10:   0763665967
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Recommended Age:   From 5 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aaron Becker learned while living in Granada, Spain, that many of the city's stone churches had at one point been mosques and, before that, Roman ruins. Which got him thinking: What wisdom can something as still as a rock share with the rest of us? While he could only guess at the answer, he does have some experience with these ancient fragments of earth. After all, the house where he grew up in Baltimore was built from, you guessed it, stone. Aaron Becker lives in western Massachusetts.

Reviews for A Stone for Sascha

Becker's wordless picture book, with its large, evocative digital illustrations, shows a story that begins with heartbreak...Through the centuries, what was originally a large golden sphere is greatly reduced in size yet still serves an important purpose: to help ameliorate a young girl's grief over the loss of her beloved pet. --Booklist

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