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If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

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What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle? Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worship...or even a site of sacrifice? World-renowned archaeologist Mike Parker-Pearson has spent the last seven years on a quest to answer these and many other questions. In If Stones Could Speak, award-winning author Marc Aronson joins ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've seen the documentary about the archaeology digging (view spoiler). It change my view of the place and thus, it's no more one of the wonder of the world, in my opinion.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture_books
This book was about an archaeologist, Mike Parker Pearson, who changed the way scientists looked at Stonehenge. For centuries, Stonehenge was thought to be a temple for the druids. Mike Parker Pearson brought a colleague, Ramilisonina, who theorized that the stones at Stonehenge were put up for ancestors because people use stone when they want something to last. They theorized that Stonehenge was built to welcome dead into a permanent home.

This book was interesting for me because my son is

If Stones Could Speak follows archeologist Mike Parker Pearson in his studies to uncover the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge. The book gives a brief background of the myths and mysteries surrounding Stonehenge as well as some facts scientists have been able to determine about it. Then Aronson introduces the early archeological career of Pearson and how his archeological studies in Madagascar ended up connecting him to Stonehenge. It was Pearson’s work with his Madagascan colleague Ramilisonina
Christine Clayton
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Twin Text: Forecast from Stonehenge by R.A. Montgomery, copyright 2007.

Rationale: I paired these together because of their topics and similar reading levels. The non-fiction book tells of the many explanations through the years for Stonehenge. It states that because Stonehenge was built before written history we may never know its true purpose. However many theories throughout the years have been presented. Because the fiction book is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book it also gives a mysterious
Stonehenge is a fascinating subject unto itself, but I love that this book isn't just encyclopedia-ish listings of facts. Instead, Aronson talks about how our views of history change as we discover more, and that the asking of new questions is key to better understanding the past.
Edward Sullivan
Excellent chronicle of how new discoveries change historical thinking.
May 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fic-kids
I am very interested in Stonehenge so I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be confusing. I don't think kids will follow.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Cate Holcomb
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: informational
Genre: Nonfiction
Awards: Orbis Pictus Honor
Audience: 8-12 years old

A. The topic of this book is the Stonehenge, which includes information about the layout of the Stonehenge, archaeologists who investigated around the Stonehenge, and those archaeologists' experiences.
B. The topic is presented in a child-friendly way through pictures, clear print font, labels, and captions that make information more understandable and accessible.
C. The book contains text features, such as a table of contents,
Kat Cornell
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: non fiction
Audience: 8-12
Awards: none
A. The topic of this book is Stonehenge. More specfically it mainly targets the Riverside Project's archeological expedition to Stonehenge.
B. The topic is presented in a child friendly way by incorporating color photos, graphics, maps and also the book does not include too much text on a page with out having a photograph.
C. This book includes a contents page, maps, an epilogue, encyclopedia pages, time lines and offers a suggestion for further
Carolyn Page
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It sounds like the title of a History Channel show, but it's actually a well-put book, suitable for the younger reader. It's mostly pictures and has some good theories as to what that rock pile was originally used for.
let me read it
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting information, but a little confusing. The way the book is written makes it hard to understand.
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Mar 15, 2018 is currently reading it
WHY I NO READ?????????
Annie Lott
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction - Concept Book
Awards: Orbis Pictus Honor
Audience: Grades 3-5.

A) The topic of this book is the Stonehenge.
B) The topic is presented in a way that the reader gets to question, with the author, what the stones would say if they could speak to us and what they would say their meaning is. The many illustrations, and large text, helps us to understand that the book is created for a child audience, not adults.
C) The text features in this book include: pictures, maps, diagrams, text
Emma Hoyer
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Literature Requirement: **Nonfiction #6 (My choice!)**

Going into reading this book, I had little to no prior information about Stonehenge. I know what it looks like, or at least a part of the Stonehenge region that is discussed in this book. I appreciated the very visual nature of this book, and the fact that there was plenty of information to read and internalize. There are theories that are discussed, discoveries that are highlighted, and there’s even a bit of science incorporated (carbon
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
This title is not just an examination of recent breakthroughs at Stonehenge, but rather an essay on the process of archaeology & a hopeful reminder to future archaeologists that all the great sites are not yet dug or fully understood. In 2005, the Riverside Project, led by Mike Parker Pearson, made several significant discoveries that placed Stonehenge within a much larger Neolithic complex. Pearson began with a hypothesis, suggested by a retired archaeologist from Madagascar, that, as in ...more
Erin Boyington
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
What happens when one person's insight leads an archaeologist to see an ancient place like Stonehenge in a brand new way?

Spurred by the insights of an archaeologist named Ramilisonina from Madagascar, British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson began searching the area around Stonehenge. This book is short and full of full-color photographs that show the ways in which the Riverside Project Team have excavated new sites that give insight into the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge.

The book reminded me
Amanda Harris
Archeologist, Mike Parker Pearson and the Riverside Project become involved in trying to understand what Stonehenge was used for in the past. This is the very reason Mike wanted to become an Archeologist-not because of Stonehenge, but to dig up relics from the past and to make sense of them.

With the dream of always wanting to study Stonehenge, Mike thought he never would. This dream did not become a reality until he traveled to Madagascar and met a man by the name of Ramilisonina. When given the
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
WARD, Margaret
-If Stones Could Speak Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson
(Grade Level 5 and Up) Stonehenge, a circle of huge upright stones near Salisbury, England, has forever been a mystery. There have been many theories as to how and why these stones were arranged as they were. Various famous people have given their predictions about the secrets of Stonehenge. This book tells about some old theories as well as a new theory given by Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist from
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
this was really fascinating juvenile nonfiction detailing some of the newest theories on the purpose of Stonehenge. The research group that the author follows has discovered a connection between Stonehenge and other ancient sites close by. Their conclusion is that it was a burial place, and that just as we do today in cemeteries, stones mark a spot for the dead. Stonehenge may have been a place of honor for the dead ancestors, pretty much negating the whole idea of it as a Druid worship site. ...more
Jeannene Egan
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
If Stone Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge
This nonfiction book tells Mike Pearson a man that was part of the Riverside Project at the Stonehenge site. Mike, an archaeologist story is in this book and how he began studying Stonehenge. It tells how far away scientists believe the stones came from and that without writing they will probably never know how they got there. The different theories about the stones are also talked about in this book.

The Day the Stones Walked
This is a
Karen Ball
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The theories about Stonehenge have changed over time, and Aronson tells the story of Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist who came up with a new theory about what the site was used for in Neolithic times. His work with the Riverside Project has changed the dates when Stonehenge was built, and led to discoveries of a larger site. Pearson's theory is that Stonehenge is one end of a ceremonial complex -- the stone parts being for honoring the dead, and another wooden structure that would be used ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This National Geographic text on the on-going discoveries at Stonehenge is an interesting combination of historical sketchings, old and newer photographs,maps and diagrams. It follows the work of Mike Parker Pearson and his Riverside Project, which aims to look at Stonehenge with "new eyes". This new look was inspired by a fellow retired archaeologist from Madagascar, who suggested that stone was always for the dead and wooden structures for the living. When you read this book, you get a sense ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recent news of discoveries made by using ground-penetrating radar makes older texts about Stonehenge inaccurate. Until the most recent findings are understood, new theories are formed about the people who lived in that area, and a children's book is written about all of these, libraries need a replacement for the books that need discarding. This is that replacement. Photos, drawings, and a map show the nearby Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Bluestonehenge, the Cursus, and the roads from Stonehenge ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: archaeology
One feels a bit silly reading a book targeted at younger readers, but at their best such books are approachable, quick to read synopsizes of their topic. Such is the case with this book. Aronson delivers a very readable, engaging piece on what we now understand about Stonehenge and more importantly about the area surround the famous monument. For those unaware the past 8 years have seen a revolution in our understanding of Stonehenge and its place in the landscape of sites that surround it. ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For ages mankind has wondered WTF? why are these stones (now known to come from Preseli Mountains over 150 miles away) doing? who built Stonehenge, what was it for,it is magic based, pagen based? and how did the massive tonage of stones get there? this book answeres only a few of the many questions people have been asking for ages.
First the author has done years of research at Stonehenge and in 2010 found that there were actually people buried there. So were these massive stones grave stones?it
John Sperry
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story chronicles the history and meaning of Stonehenge through the story of archeologist Mike Parker Person. Through many years of trial and error Mike and his team make amazing discoveries and eventually learn that Stonehenge is actually just one place on a map which included places for a feast, celebrate, and potentially celebrate the dead. There are still many unanswered questions about Stonehenge, but these discoveries have helped to shed light on one of the great mysteries in this ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A remarkable read for anyone interested in Stonehenge, archaeology or asking questions about history. As Einstein said, "the important thing is to not stop questioning."

We would be wrong to assume that archeologists have learned all there is to know about Stonehenge. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and the Riverside Project team continue to ask questions, form theories, secure funding and permissions for digs and what they discover is astonishing.

Marvelously researched, this book contains
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book about Stonehenge is actually about facts that have been gathered, analyzed and reanalyzed. It asks you to open your mind and see the site through the eyes of different culture. It explores retired archaeologist, Ramilisonina's view that stones are used to mark the dead, where wood marks the living and that the function of some sites are over-thought. Also, it encourages the reader to keep reading, watching, and listening for a new perspective. Detailed color photographs, but would have ...more
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.
“This is a book about questioning what others believe to be true, not accepting ideas just because famous people say they are right. I think knowledge is more like a wave than a switch. Only very rarely do we go from being totally wrong to totally right--as a light turns off and on. Instead, what we learned before allows us to move on to what we can see next. We can surf ahead, but there will always be another challenge, another crest, another setp. We must always keep thinking and asking new questions.” 2 likes
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