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A Stone Sat Still

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,806 ratings  ·  380 reviews
The follow-up to They All Saw a Cat

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.
Hardcover, 50 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Brendan is quickly becoming a new favorite author for me. He won the Caldecott with a cat book a few years ago and I recently read his last book that I loved too. Here we are again. He is another Weisner or William Joyce or Jan Brett. He has something.

What I enjoy about Brendan is he plays with perspective. He loves to take an object like a rock and show it from the perspective of an ant, a moose, a bird and under water. It looks different to all of them. How eye opening is that? I simply love
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I simply loved this book because it has the potential for different perspectives of how and when we read it. It will be different for the children. They will enjoy the illustrations and the various animals and flora depicted in relation to the stone. And as for adults, I feel this book describes a home to me, a home in my own being. We as adults face different people of all kinds and get caught up in certain unavoidable life circumstances. I read this one hoping that I would enjoy the illustrati ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
This title greatly appealed to me and I was expecting a meditative experience and it did sort of provide it for me. I do like how it shows perspective via how all sorts of creatures view and use the same stone in different ways. The stone remains stable, a constant, in an always changing and diverse world. I appreciated the concept. And the illustrations and gorgeous and huge and striking.

I think I enjoyed the author/illustrator’s They All Saw A Cat book more than this one. It’s very similar in
Donna Backshall
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who needs a reminder to appreciate the little things
What a beautiful sentiment. I never thought I could love a stone but now I think I just might.

I have a son who is on the spectrum, and this is exactly the kind of quiet book that would speak volumes to him. He would take the time to absorb the possibilities offered on each page, and wonder at the usefulness for such a simple thing as a stone. He is always looking to find unique meaning in someone's or something's "specialness", hoping that he can see a glimpse of his own potential and worth ther
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Brendan Wenzel Fans / Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Perspective and/or Nature
Described on the dust-jacket flap as a companion to author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel's Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw A Cat , this new picture-book also explores perspective. Centering around the eponymous stone, the narrative here explores the stone's existence - the many uses it serves to various creatures in the wild, and the various positions it holds, depending upon the size and outlook of the being examining it. In the end, the stone sits and endures, while everything around it c ...more
Laura Harrison
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, omg-cant-wait
A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel is my favorite picture book of the year. I have been waiting so long for the release of this book! It is described as a companion to his remarkable Caldecott award winning, They All Saw A Cat. It was definitely worth the wait! Every illustration is a wonder that needs to be enjoyed and studied. It is a quiet, contemplative, timely, beautiful book. So hard to believe this is only Brendan Wenzel's eighth book. I consider him a picture book great. His work is as ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, there was a big stone that sat at the end of our driveway. On long summer afternoons, after I had grown tired of my Fisher-Price house and farm, I used to love to flip over this stone, and watch the frenzied activity that occurred in the busy ant city that was hidden under that large rock. I assume that stone is still there. Why would anyone move it?

Though I suppose they are the bane of a farmer's existence, I've always appreciated stones. They are calming, and reassuring in t
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute little story about various animals hanging out on a stone. It offers each of them something different, but always stays a constant in the world. Nice one.

Wenzel’s poem focuses on how point of view affects experience. This time, his subject is a humble stone:

A stone sat still
with the water, grass, and dirt,
and it was as it was
where it was in the world.

In each spread or vignette, a different wild creature encounters the round rock. […]

Have you ever seen such a place? Wenzel asks. Look clos
Like many other readers, I adored They All Saw a Cat and Hello Hello, this author/illustrator's previous two picture books. His latest offering only serves to add to my admiration for him and his work. As he has done in the previous two books, he explores perspective, this time focusing on a stone. It's clear that this rock has been around for a long time, and various animals use it as a landing place, a spot on which to eat or perch or crack a shell to reveal a meal. For some of it, it's quite ...more
La Coccinelle
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read They All Saw a Cat earlier this year. I have to say, that one was just okay for me. I think I enjoyed A Stone Sat Still a lot more.

Both books are about different perspectives, but they approach the topic in slightly different ways. They All Saw a Cat shows how various creatures see the cat that's prowling through the scenes. A Stone Sat Still is more about how the stone--a steady constant--influences the lives of the various creatures that encounter it.

The pictures are interesting, th
Abby Johnson
WOW! With gorgeous, muted, sometimes a little abstract artwork and a gentle, rhythmic, evocative text, this picture book presents a stone. Depending on the time of year or which animals are near, the stone can be different things: a pebble to a moose, a hill to a bug, etc. But the stone is also always itself, sitting where it sits as everything changes all around it. This is a great book to share ideas about perspective and how it changes and also mindfulness and seeing the possibilities in thin ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So lovely. I loved Wenzel's They All Saw A Cat, and I think this one is as good, if not better. The text is so warm and soothing, and the illustrations are incredible. His use of a variety of mediums works really well to tell this story of a stone and all the different perspectives the creatures that interact with it have. I particularly love the cut paper porcupine. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Brendan Wenzel just keeps getting knocking it out of the park. For me, this latest endeavor was very nearly picture-book-perfection: whimsical, rhythmic, beautiful, and brimming with big ideas and new perspectives.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Holy moly.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh I really like this one.
Nadine Jones
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This starts off with the sort of satisfying zen perspective that generally appeals more to adults than to children.
A stone sat still
with the water, grass, and dirt
and it was as it was
where it was in the world.

So, okay, that's soothing, and some kids may like it. The phrase is repeated throughout the book, which generally appeals to kids, but they may not quite understand what it means.

Then the story moves into that sort of relativity that adults think is meaningful but most kids don't care
Tonja Drecker
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every page, every moment invites on a beautiful journey which goes nowhere and everywhere.

This is the story of a stone, which sat still. It's a concept which will have kids wondering and maybe even smirking a little before the first page. But it's a book with wonderful depth and leads listeners on a journey into the amazing world of reality...which seems almost like fantasy.

The illustrations are as dreamy as the journey itself and invite to imagination without going anywhere. A rainbow of color
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favourite thing about this book is the illustrations, almost collage like in style they vary in colour and scale which adds almost another dimension to the book. I love the concept as well, the fact something so simple and common can be something completely different to everyone.

A great book that left me with a nice sense of calm after reading it. I will definitely not look at stones as just stones anymore, instead as another world.
Cheriee Weichel
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Carumba! Yes, this is about perspective, but the scope of it embraces such vastness as geological time. It's deeply philosophical. I would love to read this to a group of students and spend some time thinking about how we are like the stone as it,
sat where it sat
with the water, grass, and dirt
and it was as it was
where it was in the world.
Mortisha Cassavetes
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Such a wonderful story to this beautifully illustrated picture book. The story is about a stone and what it means to everyone. I really loved it and recommend it to kids of all ages.
Poems seem to lend themselves so well to the picturebook format and I suppose much of this lies in the rhythm of the words, the turning of the pages and the gaps that naturally form in the meaning making of any poem. With Wenzel’s second venture into both forms, we find ourselves greeted within the river-mist of the double-page spread in which a lone snail slowly makes its way towards the hulking, rounded form of a stone: our protagonist.

From this page on, Wenzel presents us with a series of sp
Larisa I.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, parents, teachers, librarians, nature lovers
It's a short but lovely journey that shows the reader the many ways this stone is seen although it stays still in its place. The graphics are pretty to look at too!
A truly lovely journey to make while reading it to a child because it gives you perspective on how even the smallest or seemingly insignificant element, like a stone that sits still, can prove to be important in more than one way in nature's great plans.
It's a simple yet not simplistic way to teach a child about nature and how every
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated examination of a stone - presented from multiple perspectives - small creatures and large animals, through the seasons and in different locations. It is a celebration of nature, different points of view, and the ongoing evolution of time and place.

Wenzel's combines various media to illustrate the different events with simple repetition and rhyme to add to the cyclic flow of the story.

This book would make a wonderful companion to The Book of Stone by Mark Greenwood and C
Brindi Michele
I liked it, but it was a tad too long. Great for programs/storytimes for thinking outside the box of what things can be...such as the book What To Do With a Box or the one about a stick (the title is escaping me right now!). ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ameryn by: Pine River Library
Shelves: kids, grief
I read this to my kindergarten class. I didn't expect them to love it as much as they did. We read it multiple times (by request). Each time it prompted discussions of memory, and remembering things lost (like pets, or family members). ...more
Alice Ball
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
While this book is a lot like They All Saw A Cat in theme, it doesn't feel redundant. Great for teaching perspective, with plenty of room for activities based on the idea. Choose an object in nature and think about it like Wenzel thought about a stone - see what comes out! ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Quiet, thoughtful and calming but with charming details for the alert reader.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"It was as it was where it was in the world"

I like how different perspectives are highlighted; it's much the theme of the author's cat book but more poetic and, imo, more effective. For example, if you're looking at the stone in the bright sunlight, your pov is that it's dark, but otoh, at night it seems light.

I esp. like the reminder that many birds are clever, shown by the gull who used to stone to open a clam shell.

Gorgeous pictures of a wide diversity of life.
Patricia N. McLaughlin
A bit too pretentious for its own good, this story revolves around the refrain “a stone sat still with the water, grass, and dirt and it was as it was where it was in the world” as the surrounding elemental, plant, and animal life pass through seasonal, annual, and epochal changes. Clever illustrations give wee ones a lot to look at as they scratch their heads to discern the meaning.
Jane Scholey
A lovely book that makes the reader think about how we look at simple things, the differing perspectives we all have but also environmental changes and the impact on everyone's world. Wonderful to investigate with KS1 chn. ...more
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Brendan Wenzel is an author and illustrator based in upstate New York. His debut picture book, They All Saw a Cat, was a New York Times bestseller and the recipient of a 2017 Caldecott Honor. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species.

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