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A Stone for Sascha

By Aaron Becker
Illustrated by Aaron Becker

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Journey.

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.

  • Caldecott Honor-winning Aaron Becker's first picture book since the conclusion of his JOURNEY trilogy
  • Another wordless tour de force, featuring the hallmarks of Aaron's work: wordless storytelling on an epic scale; stunning scenery; attention to detail; plenty of layers to peel back with each rereading; an emotional heart beating at the core.
  • A story that can be appreciated at various levels: the story of a child mourning the loss of a beloved pet; a message about the healing properties of time; a concrete representation of the cyclical and circular nature of life on earth; a journey that invites deeper explorations into geography, geology, history, civilization, anthropology. Also pays homage to our rituals surrounding memory, loss, and moving on, from a photo to a burial to a special stone to mark a grave.

About the author

Aaron Becker learned while living in Granada, Spain, that many of the city's stone churches had at one point been mosques and, before that, Roman ruins. Which got him thinking: What wisdom can something as still as a rock share with the rest of us? While he could only guess at the answer, he does have some experience with these ancient fragments of earth. After all, the house where he grew up in Baltimore was built from, you guessed it, stone. Aaron Becker lives in western Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9780763665968
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Dimensions: 270 x 240mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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