Book review: The Stone Bird, by Jenny McCartney and Patrick Benson

McCartney, Jenny. The Stone Bird. Patrick Benson [illustrations]. Andersen Press USA, 2018. $17.99. ISBN 9781541514553. Unpaged. Ages 5-9. P6 Q7

When Eliza finds a stone at the beach, she imagines it is an egg. Her mother tells her that it is just a stone, but she insists it is more than that. Throughout the seasons, the egg evolves into a bird, then a bird with a little pebble egg and then another bird.  In the end, the birds disappear and Eliza notices two birds outside her window. This sweet story shows the imagination of a child and how simple things can be much more than they appear. The illustrations are beach themed. Eliza’s face shows wonder as she gazes on her bird, sadness when her birds disappear and gratitude when she holds the feather they leave her for a birthday present. Children will relate to Eliza’s imagination.

Verdict: Written in a relaxed way, one can feel the calmness of the beach and the wonder of imagination. This book would make a great read aloud, encouraging children to embrace their imagination.

March 2018 review by Tami Harris.

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