ONE SMALL BLUE BEAD by Byrd Baylor Schweitzer

ONE SMALL BLUE BEAD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's the fervent, impressionistic, free verse approach to prehistoric man. A boy is fascinated when one of the tribesmen suggests that there may be other people outside their own group: ""But Boy was filled with wonder./This new thought was a thunder/ In his mind./Can there be/Far from this cave/A boy like me?"" The lad starts compulsively introspecting and gazing into the distance, until eventually he does meet a stranger of his own age who gives him a turquoise bead as a token of brotherhood. The tendency of the verse to jingle is inappropriate to its over-emotionalism, and poetic license seems to apply here to fact and logic.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1965
Publisher: Macmillan