A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel

A Stone Sat Still

The follow-up to They All Saw a CatA Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world.

Details A Stone Sat Still

TitleA Stone Sat Still
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Environment, Nature

Reviews A Stone Sat Still

  • Abigail
    Described on the dust-jacket flap as a companion to author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel's Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw A Cat , this new picture-book also explores perspective. Centering around the eponymous stone, the narrative here explores the stone's existence - the many uses it serves to various creatures in the wild, and the various positions it holds, depending upon the size and outlook of the being examining it. In the end, the ston...
  • La Coccinelle
    I read They All Saw a Cat earlier this year. I have to say, that one was just okay for me. I think I enjoyed A Stone Sat Still a lot more.Both books are about different perspectives, but they approach the topic in slightly different ways. They All Saw a Cat shows how various creatures see the cat that's prowling through the scenes. A Stone Sat Still is more about how the stone--a steady constant--influences the lives of the various creatures th...
  • Barbara
    Like many other readers, I adored They All Saw a Cat and Hello Hello, this author/illustrator's previous two picture books. His latest offering only serves to add to my admiration for him and his work. As he has done in the previous two books, he explores perspective, this time focusing on a stone. It's clear that this rock has been around for a long time, and various animals use it as a landing place, a spot on which to eat or perch or crack a s...
  • Danielle
    Holy moly.
  • Laura Harrison
    I have been waiting so long for the release of this book! It is described as a companion to his remarkable Caldecott award winning, They All Saw A Cat. It is glorious! Although there is much going on inside, the book has a quiet contemplative feel to it. It is hard to believe this is only Brendan Wenzel's 8th book. I consider him a picture book great. His work is as wonderful as masters such as Lane Smith, Kevin Henkes, Jerry Pinkney, Sophie Blac...
  • Brindi Michele
    I liked it, but it was a tad too long. Great for programs/storytimes for thinking outside the box of what things can be...such as the book What To Do With a Box or the one about a stick (the title is escaping me right now!).
  • Mary Lee
    First of all, it's gorgeous. It's also quiet and thoughtful and begs for multiple slow readings. There's the trademark Wenzel multiple perspectives, but there are layers of meaning that go quite deep.
  • Mimi
    A naturally illustrated book that can help a child see the possibilities in even the simplest things like a rock. Thanks to Cybil who gets the credit for this shelving.
  • Morgan
    Brendan Wenzel just keeps getting knocking it out of the park. For me, this latest endeavor was very nearly picture-book-perfection: whimsical, rhythmic, beautiful, and brimming with big ideas and new perspectives.
  • Lynn
    Brilliant! Quiet, thoughtful and calming but with charming details for the alert reader.
  • Earl
    A contemplative picture book about perspective- of what a thing is in a particular time and what it becomes over time through various lenses. A book worth rereading.
  • Mary
    This book is very similar to his previous picture book, They All Saw a Cat. The look, feel, size, etc of the rock depends on who is looking at it, using it, time of year, etc. Beautiful illustrations and a nice gentle story. Great for a read-aloud with 4-7 y/o or a one-on-one reading.
  • Amy Fitzgerald
    Another stunning book about perspective from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medal and Honor Book, Brendan Wenzel, comes his newest triumph, A Stone Sat Still. This simple stone is many things to many animals. It all depends on how they view the stone.
  • Tara
    Stunning illustrations Excellent mentor text for perspective Uplifting reminder that life goes on
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    A stone sat still with the water, grass, and dirt and it was as it was where it was in the world. The companion to They All Saw A Cat, the much-loved and critically acclaimed picture book from author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel, A Stone Sat Still returns to themes of perspective and animal habitat to bring readers a remarkable and effecting story. Opening on the determined yet gentle path of a snail, Wenzel's latest story takes readers on the...
  • Tasha
    Described as a companion to his award-winning They All Saw a Cat, this picture book builds upon the success of the first book to explore one stone. That stone is so much to different creatures. It can be a home, a kitchen, a hill. It can be smooth or rough, loud or quiet. It can be smelled or felt. It can be dark or light. It can be an island, or disappear under the water. Yet it is still there, a world in itself.This book is so impressive. It is...
  • Tonja Drecker
    Every page, every moment invites on a beautiful journey which goes nowhere and everywhere.This is the story of a stone, which sat still. It's a concept which will have kids wondering and maybe even smirking a little before the first page. But it's a book with wonderful depth and leads listeners on a journey into the amazing world of reality...which seems almost like fantasy. The illustrations are as dreamy as the journey itself and invite to imag...
  • Margie
    You can't live in northern Michigan without encountering rocks. Just beneath the mostly sandy soil is an entire community of stones of every conceivable shape and size. When excavating to build the basement for a house now sitting on a hill, these giants were unearthed. Now they grace the top of the garden along a driveway. A day at the beach, near the tip of the Mitt, will yield Petoskey stones found primarily in Michigan. Large or small, this a...
  • Linda
    From the author/illustrator of "They All Saw A Cat" comes another book about perspective. This time the perspective is about who uses it, and also time changing its environment. With gorgeous mixed-media illustrations, we see the stone "as it was/where it was in the world" that snail crawling up its side, bright in the moonlight with owl eyes staring, dark with a chipmunk nibbling a nut. Through seasons, the stone is covered with crimson leaves, ...
  • Amy!
    So lovely. I loved Wenzel's They All Saw A Cat, and I think this one is as good, if not better. The text is so warm and soothing, and the illustrations are incredible. His use of a variety of mediums works really well to tell this story of a stone and all the different perspectives the creatures that interact with it have. I particularly love the cut paper porcupine.
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    I loved @brendan_wenzel They All Saw a Cat but this book resonates with me even more. Billed as a companion book to its predecessor, A Stone Sat Still again tackles perspective - but I found this book more introspective making me think of the stone and my potential relationship. The stone is still, but depending upon what or who the stone can be loud and quiet, used as a kitchen, smooth or rough. This book could spark lots of discussion about nat...
  • Beverly
    Similar in concept to They All Saw A Cat, this book details how various animals perceive the stone--as loud or quiet, as a pebble or a hill, as dark or bright, etc. The illustrations, rendered in cut paper, oil pastels, marker, and other media, are beautiful and are a perfect accompaniment to the text.
  • Jessie Bond
    A gorgeous exploration of how the same thing (a stone) can be viewed in many, many different ways, depending on the observer. The art is lovely, as well. I always wonder about picture books like this, though--as an adult, I appreciate the beauty of the art and the lyricism of the text and the nuance of the message--but do kids in the target age group even care about things like that?
  • Alicia
    The illustrations are what make it a stunning picture book but the words did not captivate or move me. I think that it could actually be a wordless picture book and have had more acclaim. Though I'm in the minority of those that are not enraptured with it. For those that love it, what precisely makes it 5-stars?
  • Tori
    A stone is many things to many different animals: small to the big animals, big to the small animals, and many other things besides. A beautifully illustrated book that makes you think about how different people can each view the same thing differently. Would be a great discussion starter for school age storytime. A beautiful book.
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    A very cool book about how a stone was SO many different things depending on the animal that interacted with it. Very cool illustrations and a special story. The ending might be a hint of global warming when the stone ends up underwater.
  • Emily
    I *love* Brendan Wenzel, and this gorgeous book doesn't disappoint. More meditative than Hello, Hello (still my favorite of his) and more complex than We All Saw the Cat. It combines the themes of observation/perspective and threats faced by the natural world.
  • Julie
    For some reason this reminded of Kelly Barnhill's description of the Bog and the Bog Monster and the Poem, etc. etc. in "Girl Who Drank the Moon". Beautiful illustrations, took a turn with the plot at the end! Will be thinking about this for a little while for sure!
  • Dion
    When is a stone more than a stone? To some animals it's a pebble, to some a throne and to some a home. Beautiful story that something can be so many different things to different animals. Gorgeous illustrations.