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A stone for Sascha /

by Becker, Aaron [author,].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm.ISBN: 9780763665968.Subject(s): Grief -- Fiction | Pets -- Death -- Fiction | Dogs -- Fiction | Rocks -- Fiction | Beaches -- Fiction | Stories without wordsSummary: A young girl, still reeling from her dog's death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family's vacation.
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A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Journey . <br> <br> This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl's grief. There, at the edge of a vast ocean beneath an infinite sky, she uncovers, alongside the reader, a profound and joyous truth. In his first picture book following the conclusion of his best-selling Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker achieves a tremendous feat, connecting the private, personal loss of one child to a cycle spanning millennia -- and delivering a stunningly layered tale that demands to be pored over again and again.

A young girl, still reeling from her dog's death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family's vacation.

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Heartbreak turns into healing in this wordless tale about loss, the ways in which we ritualize grief, and the cyclical patterns of life on Earth, no less. A girl and her family bury their beloved dog in the yard, the girls anguish apparent as she places flowers on the stone covering the burial spot. At the beach, the girl throws a rock into the ocean. ?Dramatically, viewers are then swept back to the time of the dinosaurs, witnessing a meteor strike the Earth. An early human later discovers part of the meteorite, a large, gold-colored chunk protruding from the ground. The meteorite makes its way through centuries, becoming progressively smallerfirst its used as an obelisk, then part of an enormous Buddha statue, then a keystone of a bridge, and so onwith dogs at each stop. Along with other rich tones (the brown of the girls skin, blue-purple landscapes), Becker uses the color gold as a thread throughout the narrative to identify the meteorites many iterations. In the end, the girl, under a sweeping night sky, picks up the very stone that has worked its way through time and places it on the grave of her dog. This circular, layered tale is marked by Beckers sumptuous, cinematic spreads. Even more epic than his Journey trilogy (Journey, rev. 9/13, and sequels), this is a story that provides new details and new understandings with multiple viewings. julie Danielson (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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