STONE MAN, STONE HOUSE by Anne Merrick Epstein


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This is one of those recreations of childhood play that might have happened exactly as set down but are less engrossing to readers than to participants in the action. In this quiet, gentle example of the type a small boy finds a stone that looks to him like a ""little man,"" and makes for it a house of stones and twigs, a bed of daisy petals, a picture for its wall, a fence, a lake with beach, etc. The hushed and delicate tone is echoed in the pictures, with their soft colors, hints of art nouveau, and child's-eye view that sets the frame of reference close to the ground and never shows the boy in full: he is only suggestively ""reflected"" in the stone man or viewed in profile or part (a pair of hands, a sneakered foot) on the edge of the picture. The story is a bit too sweetly uneventful, but the pictures help.

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 1971
Publisher: Doubleday