Book review: A Stone for Sascha, by Aaron Becker

Becker, Aaron. A Stone for Sascha. Candlewick Press, 2018. Unpaged. $17.99. ISBN 9780763665968. Ages 5-up. P7Q8

A young girl collects flowers to leave on the grave of a beloved dog and then the family leaves for a trip to the beach.  The grieving girl finds a golden stone whose history began with the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs and then played a part in many cultures thoughout the world’s history, becoming smaller and smaller with the passing time.  The girl finds closure as she places the special stone on the dog’s grave.

Verdict: The soft focus illustrations in this wordless picture book convey both the enormity of the stone’s history and the emotions of the family, not least the loneliness of losing a beloved pet.  Aaron Becker is also the author/illustrator of other wordless picture books, Journey, Quest, and Return. Highly recommended for kindergarten, elementary, and public library collections.

May 2018 review by Jane Cothron.

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