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A Stone for Sascha A Girl Grieves The Loss Of Her Dog In An Achingly Beautiful Wordless Epic From The Caldecott Honor Winning Creator Of JourneyThis 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

10 thoughts on “A Stone for Sascha

  1. says:

    Sascha s vacation will be different without her pet dog, who is buried at the outset of this wordless tale, which will reward you through multiple readings The library where I got this labels it easy because it is a picture book, but I pretty strongly disagree I don t think younger kids would know a fraction of what this book was really about without adult help But it is lovely, complex, and digitally illustrated by the author of the popular and also wordless Journey trilogy.This book is in Sascha s vacation will be different without her pet dog, who is buried at the outset of this wordless tale, which will reward you through multiple readings The library where I got this labels it easy because it is a picture book, but I pretty strongly disagree I don t think younger kids would know a fraction of what this book was really about without adult help But it is lovely, complex, and digitally illustrated by the author of the popular and also wordless Journey trilogy.This book is in part about grief, and the need to memorialize a life Sascha eventually chooses a stone she finds for that purpose, but the tale that brings us to that point becomes less about the dog and her relationship to it than connecting her private, personal loss to a cycle of events over centuries It s about how the stone got to the shoreline all the way across time, evolving from other purposes, including other memorials, though in different forms, beginning in Babylon 600 BCE and yes, on the endpapers you get a map of the travels of the stone in various forms So this is cool, right, but not by any means easy, which is also what I like about it, but I think a lot of people won t like it for younger kids It feelslike an all ages picture book, for reading and talking about with kids I would use it beginning with middle grades, maybe.The cover has Sascha holding a gold or yellow stone in her hand That s the key image in that painting, of course, and Becker does a similar highlighting of lighter details on subsequent pages, too For instance, at the burial, Sascha leaves yellow flowers on the grave in the background, her brother runs after a butterfly of the same color There s a white bone in the grave you can connect this to other white images throughout the book What is a bone and how does it change into something else The paintings on each page are deliberately darker so you can find these lighter contrasting images to talk about On another page the small white images are stars, and then also flowers, so we can make this connection of synchronicity across domains White stones on the ground connect to the white stone we see in the great mountain in the distance The world is not static it moves, and is dynamically interconnected.At the shore Sascha watches a thrown yellow frisbee and a white volleyball Maybe she gets the idea of a yellow stone then, who knows in the next painting she throws a white stone into the water and we see it somehow reflected in the stars And in other stones on the shoreline, or splashes of white in the waves Images on the earth and in the water and in the air.Then things get explicitly cosmic a yellow comet strikes Earth and its journey begins, ending in Sascha s hands, put as a memorial on her dog s grave The stone n her hand on the cover comes from a comet Could it be possible Becker says he got the idea for this book from living in Granada, Spain, where he saw churches that had evolved from mosques that evolved from Roman ruins He asks, what can we learn from chiseled stone Where did it come from, what does it all mean In what sense does it memorialize a period and a place and possibly persons But Becker admits his book will be interpreted very differently by all readers, and I am sure this is true TheI read it, theit says to me, and theI like what I make of it

  2. says:

    The art blew me away It was beautiful and mysterious This is a wordless story about a girl losing a pet We then see pictures of time as the Earth changes, civilizations come and go, lost and found until this stone out of time gives some solace to Sascha.I think this is trying to get children, or people to think about time and the fact that many came before us and hopefully many come after us It is a well done story.The kids had questions about what was happening I asked them to tell me the The art blew me away It was beautiful and mysterious This is a wordless story about a girl losing a pet We then see pictures of time as the Earth changes, civilizations come and go, lost and found until this stone out of time gives some solace to Sascha.I think this is trying to get children, or people to think about time and the fact that many came before us and hopefully many come after us It is a well done story.The kids had questions about what was happening I asked them to tell me the story based on the pictures They like wordless books as they get to tell the story and they come up with interesting ideas too

  3. says:

    One of the best wordless picture books I have ever seen The book opens with a young American girl Possibly around age 10 Pacific Northwest Parents appear to be Asian African Americans picking flowers to place on the freshly dug grave of her beloved pet dog I assume the dog is Sascha, but this is not explicit wordless picture book After performing the sad duty the family leaves for a campout at the seashore Other families play nearby with their still living pets The young girl wa One of the best wordless picture books I have ever seen The book opens with a young American girl Possibly around age 10 Pacific Northwest Parents appear to be Asian African Americans picking flowers to place on the freshly dug grave of her beloved pet dog I assume the dog is Sascha, but this is not explicit wordless picture book After performing the sad duty the family leaves for a campout at the seashore Other families play nearby with their still living pets The young girl wanders down to the shore, idly picking up stones shells and finds a particularly beautiful sea polished stone And then The universe opens.She imagines the stone travelling through space and time beautiful double page illustrations for each stage of its journey The stone arrives as a meteor in the Great Rift Valley and journeys through the ages of dinosaurs, megafauna, early humans and then overland to be part of Kingdoms, palaces, temples, bridges, ornaments across the civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Oceania making its way to this shore and this grief stricken human child The girl sees all of this in her mind s eye as she holds the stone a stone that was once the Buddha s amulet, the keystone of a bridge, a lacquered dragon, a megalith she takes it home and places it on her beloved dog s grave The reader knows she feels peace in the face of this little death because now we do as well Whether you read this as a transformation and rebirth parable or as a thoughtful and intelligent child placing her own experience within the bounds of history it is a wonderful journey.I did love the non European cast of the history this makes the taleuniversal.Flip through the pages a dozen times and you will see something new on each reading.Highly recommended for classrooms and homes with young children

  4. says:

    I just think most kids are going to be like, but what does this have to do with the dog

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    A Stone for Sascha sees Becker s latest foray into wordless picturebooks since the Journey trilogy I had concerns at the start that he had found and mastered a tricky format right from the first book and would not be able to maintain it to the same degree as someone like David Wiesnerbut, fortunately, this book is wonderful and, in many respects, a step up With aemotive, epic narrative that tells the story of a young girl coming to terms with the loss of the family s pet dog Whilst on h A Stone for Sascha sees Becker s latest foray into wordless picturebooks since the Journey trilogy I had concerns at the start that he had found and mastered a tricky format right from the first book and would not be able to maintain it to the same degree as someone like David Wiesnerbut, fortunately, this book is wonderful and, in many respects, a step up With aemotive, epic narrative that tells the story of a young girl coming to terms with the loss of the family s pet dog Whilst on holiday with her family, she encounters a large, smooth pebble whose own story shares with her an epic journey that reveals how everything is connected past, present and future The stone offers a way into many pasts but it is also a doorway into Sasha s own I was so happy to see Becker try a new mixed media approach although I loved his Journey style where he uses a digital art tablet, applying a pastel like quality that lends his work an ethereal, filmic quality This book is a delight which requires multiple re readings and I would love to hear other readers interpretations

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    Gorgeous picture book telling the story of a girl who is grieving over the death of a pet, and while at the beach, finds a stone The author then tells us the story of how this stone began its life, literally billions of years ago as the planet and life formed The stone eventually is dug out of the ground, and is transformed, initially as part of a monument, and through its many uses as the centuries pass, till Sascha finds it at the beach, and finds it gives her some comfort The illustrations Gorgeous picture book telling the story of a girl who is grieving over the death of a pet, and while at the beach, finds a stone The author then tells us the story of how this stone began its life, literally billions of years ago as the planet and life formed The stone eventually is dug out of the ground, and is transformed, initially as part of a monument, and through its many uses as the centuries pass, till Sascha finds it at the beach, and finds it gives her some comfort The illustrations are beautiful and calming, and convey the huge changes in civilizations and locations The end result is a peaceful, meditative story

  7. says:

    Dear Sascha, the family dog, has died, and the family heads off for their vacation without her In the midst of grief, a young girl spends time by the water She watches others play, yet remains alone, searching for stones That beautiful one she discovers takes us on a journey of imagination from ancient times through ocean adventures, time moving on as the stone s history is revealed imagined The connection from one moment in time along the cycle of history is fascinating Like Becker s ot Dear Sascha, the family dog, has died, and the family heads off for their vacation without her In the midst of grief, a young girl spends time by the water She watches others play, yet remains alone, searching for stones That beautiful one she discovers takes us on a journey of imagination from ancient times through ocean adventures, time moving on as the stone s history is revealed imagined The connection from one moment in time along the cycle of history is fascinating Like Becker s other wordless books, this one will be read and examinedthan once the illustrations are gorgeous, with many details Some of the pictures within the history are cut into parallel, vertical pieces, showing the movement of time I enjoyed the other worldly connection very much, am reminded of a quote by John Muir When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe

  8. says:

    A wordless tale that is literally as old as time It will make you think about our astonishing history as you admire the amazing artwork A wordless tale that is literally as old as time It will make you think about our astonishing history as you admire the amazing artwork

  9. says:

    Becker has created an emotive, engaging and beautiful book A Stone for Sascha is so moving and tells the story of a young girl who is processing and dealing with the passing of the family dog when she discovers a unique object whilst on a family holiday I already had a tear in my eye when I looked at the first page but I do really love dogs Truly though, this is a testament to the beauty that Becker has created with this book The style and presentation of this story is so creative, deta Becker has created an emotive, engaging and beautiful book A Stone for Sascha is so moving and tells the story of a young girl who is processing and dealing with the passing of the family dog when she discovers a unique object whilst on a family holiday I already had a tear in my eye when I looked at the first page but I do really love dogs Truly though, this is a testament to the beauty that Becker has created with this book The style and presentation of this story is so creative, detailed and fascinating I really enjoyed taking my time exploring this book and every single page sparked some sort of emotion inside of me On reflection, this book is so simple yet it has such a deep journey within it Becker created something which allowed me to fully connect with the character and the way she might be feeling There is empathy and sympathy woven throughout and the conclusion feels completely right and justified for the girl and her beloved dog I would highly recommend taking the time to read this book as I m sure a lot of people would be able to connect with what Becker has beautifully crafted

  10. says:

    I love how this beautiful wordless picture book has so much to say with simply gorgeous artwork Painted digitally on a tablet, this book tells a story of one family s grief for the loss of a beloved pet and one girl s discovery at a beach that allows her to look at the timeless wonder of the world around her When I was young, I was always fascinated by different rocks that I would find I would wonder where all in the world any particular rock had been how far back in time would the rock reme I love how this beautiful wordless picture book has so much to say with simply gorgeous artwork Painted digitally on a tablet, this book tells a story of one family s grief for the loss of a beloved pet and one girl s discovery at a beach that allows her to look at the timeless wonder of the world around her When I was young, I was always fascinated by different rocks that I would find I would wonder where all in the world any particular rock had been how far back in time would the rock remember if it could The story in this book taps into that curiosity and will definitely have readers looking back and forth through it over and over again I also love that the front and back endpapers show a map of the journey this particular stone took to find it s way into the little girl s hands

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