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A Stone for Sascha

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Beautiful art in wordless tale of loss and passage of time.

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This beautifully illustrated wordless story takes the long view about death and our place in the glacial passage of time and history. A Stone for Sascha might be best for the older end of the picture book crowd since it travels from prehistoric times through ancient cultures to the present, requiring some knowledge of history. And because it’s wordless, it calls on readers to interpret visual clues to the civilizations pictured. Though it's framed by a contemporary story about a girl mourning her dog, it's more a compelling meditation about time than it is about loss. Does the girl understand where she and her dog stand in the cosmos, and how they're connected to life that's passed before? When she presses the stone to her cheek, she appears to.

Aaron Becker's a stunning illustrator who threads the stories together in subtle ways. At the start, the girl and her father both wear necklaces with golden beads, as does one of the tribesmen in the first group of humans. When the meteorite first crashes to Earth, it embeds itself in the ocean floor, and, in a series of panels, works its way up and out as ocean becomes land, and dinosaurs give way to early mammals. Though some of the stone's passages are spurred by war and strife, and people clash with swords and arrows, there's a spiritual comfort to the slow passage of time.

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