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The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life

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From internationally renowned author and illustrator Jimmy Liao comes a new enchanting and evocative journey. Breathtaking illustrations and a haunting story take readers on a wondrous voyage around the world.
A large, beautiful blue stone is discovered in a forest. It is cut in half, and one half stays in the forest while the other starts on a long and mystical journey t
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2006)
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Liza Gilbert
Beautiful and utterly depressing. A blue stone is discovered in a forest and hauled away to make a sculpture. After many incarnations, the stone has become very small. After each form, it becomes sadder and sadder. I think many will find this a heartwarming book, or a meditative book, and good for them. I found the message to be that if you let enough people do what they want to you, eventually you will be utterly broken down and then you can drift away. The text and illustrations are beautiful, ...more
Mariana González ropero
I loved it! It made me a little sad, though...
Illustrations are wonderful. They are done in watercolor. The story could have been so much better.
A blue stone is resting for thousands of years in a forest, until humans come and split it in two. The half that is carried out of the forest longs for its other half. The stone is made into one sculpture after another. Each time deep emotion is felt around the stone, it breaks a little, remembering what it has lost. With every breakage, it becomes smaller and smaller, going from huge sculptures to a small piece of jewelry. Eventually, the stone becomes small enough to lift into the air and floa ...more
In cyclical, ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust fashion, this story follows a blue stone after it has been split into two parts, one of which remains in the forest, and the other is removed and fashioned into various pieces of art. As lovely as the stone is in its original form, artists paint over it, carving it into a great gray elephant, a stone bird, a fish sculpture, even a tiny heart pendant on a necklace. As the stone grows smaller and smaller, the author says that "its heart breaks a little" ...more
This is an interesting book where a piece of stone is cut and progressively changed over time yearning to return to it's other half. Although the stone is originally blue in color it goes through color changes along with shape changes. The language is stilted because the book is translated from Taiwanese.
Daniel Sanchez gomez
Even if it is not the finest book of Liao, it still has the marvellous combination of incredibly beautiful illustrations; simple, yet rich in detail that immediately captures you and invites to look at them, not only as in the paper but as if one were looking to a live scene, and the story has a very beautiful hidden message that tries to tell, that in the end, after a lot of transformations and changes, after being part of many different places lives, and people we are always yearning to go bac ...more
Ying Lee
It all started from a forest. A blue stone went on its life journey to see the world, to become something else, to accompany someone, to experience love and loneliness, to be watched and discarded, and to witness different scenes of others' lives. Finally, it returned to "where it has always belonged" (unpaged). My eyes welled up with tears as reading through this book. Being a traveler away from home, I somehow became the blue stone. Honestly, this book makes me fall into a state of melancholy, ...more
jenna nims
caroline loved this book, i really liked the illustrations but i also thought it was terribly sad. caroline didnt think it was b/c in the end the stone got back to his home. i was happy that he did too but if its an allegory then i took from it that one is forced to go through life doing what they do not want to do b/c of other peoples desires of how and who they want you to be and each person takes pieces of you that you lose from yourself and the whole time you are longing to go home and even ...more
The blue stone lives happily in the forest ... until the day it is discovered, sliced in half and sent on a transformative journey.

First, it is carved into an elephant. But a child's question reminds it of home, and its heart breaks a little with desperate want to return there. And as its heart breaks a little, it shatters a little.

And so it is carried away, broken, and transformed into a new creature. Until something reminds it of the desperate longing for home. And its heart breaks a little mo
A big blue stone lies peacefully in a forest until it is split in two. The part that is hauled away becomes a variety of things over time (an elephant, a bird, a fish, part of the stone wall of a prison, a jugglers ball) but always longs to return home to the forest. A simple, fable-like story with luminous illustrations. Author/illustrator Jimmy Liao has created many beautiful books like this, most of which are not available in English (I stumbled on some while changing planes in Taipei). SPL h ...more
Beautiful, delicate prose about longing and transformation. Brilliant illustrations. My 2yr. Old son loved the book so much he cried as it was dropped in the book chute at the library, he now has his own copy. The repetitiveness of the prose engages very small children.
Shannon Janik
“The Blue Stone” written by Jimmy Liao tells the journey of a blue stone that longs to return to it’s other half. The stone goes through so much and it’s heartbreaks so many times. But finally the stone does make it make to it’s other half. The pictures in this book are so full of detail and color it is almost hard to stay focused on the words. The pictures in this book could tell the story with out the words. I loved the book and I recommend it to anyone!
Sam Bloom
This truly bizarre, yet strangely comforting picture book tells the story of a blue stone, which is one day cut in half. The two halves are separated, and we follow the second half around the world as it is sculpted, painted, battered, all the while longing for its forest with its other half. The illustrations are outstanding. The book itself is too weird to really explain very thoroughly.
Oct 02, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: Marisa
Four stars instead of five because the pictures did not *quite* live up to my hopes as inspired by the cover, but I loved the lush colors and circular storyline of this sad fable. Each picture tells a story. It's quite a bit longer than a typical 32-page picture book. The watercolor illustrations remind me of Roberto Innocenti's, but with a brighter palette.
Jun 30, 2008 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dustin Wilder
Shelves: kid_lit
I certainly was not ready to be as moved by this as I actually was. I read this at the request of a colleague who always likes to share unique picture books with me (I then get to share YA books with her!). This beautiful blue stone is so peaceful, but humans must possess beautiful things, thus beginning the stone's sad journey.
Good, quiet picture book about a huge blue stone that is cut in two; one half remains in the forest while the other half is sculpted, broken, and eventually reunited (as dust) with its other half.
Like something out of the Upanishads, but for children.
Neat artwork too.
A beautiful, very sad little book. So often kids books that try to be "deep" or "philosophical" just end up being trite or preachy -- this book is so simple that slips past your jaded doubts. I found myself tearing up while standing in the kids section at Barnes and Noble.
Another work of art book. It is surreal and sadly beautiful all at the same time. I have yet to read it with young children but am very curious to see how they react to the story and what they get out of it. Jimmy Liao is fast become a favorite author of mine.
Author, artist from Taiwan.
Notable illustrations.
A stone is taken from it's home in the forest and carved into a variety of shapes over the years. It's heart keeps breaking, longing for it's other half and to be home in the forest.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is an import from Taiwan. Jimmy Liao is VERY popular there. His books are somewhat allegorical and illustrated more or less in simple cartoon style. They are all seemingly deep "musings" about life but have never really moved me.
ถ้าเหงาก็หยิบมาอ่าน แล้วจะรู้ว่า ตัวเราเหงายังไง ก็ไม่แตกสลายง่ายๆ แบบหินสีฟ้าหรอกนะ

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This a book about a blue stone who is stolen to the other side and made into stuff. It didn't want that.
A simple and powerful book! I heart the blue stone...even though its heart breaks! *sigh*
I enjoy his painting and writting(especially in Chinese)very much.
Carisse Daniele
Beautiful paper and illustrations. Horrible story.
Didn't like as much as I thought I might.
This book is beautiful!
marnelle angela
cute little book.
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Jimmy Liao (Chinese Name: Lao Fu-Bin, 廖福彬) born in Taipei, B.A. in Fine Arts, with a major in Design. He had worked in advertising companies for 12 years. Now he works as an illustrator. Since 1998, Jimmy published several illustrated books with amazing originality and multi-faceted narratives. He had since set a fashion in creating and publishing illustrated books in local and international marke ...more
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