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THE DAY THE STONES WALKED by T.A. Barron

THE DAY THE STONES WALKED

A Tale of Easter Island

By T.A. Barron (Author) , William Low (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-399-24263-2
Publisher: Philomel

Set on Easter Island, this text-heavy tale imagines the impact of a tsunami on the ancient inhabitants. Told through the eyes of a young boy, the day’s events unfold quickly. At his mother’s request, Pico runs up to warn his father of an impending storm. Obviously disdainful of his father’s preoccupation with carving the enormous statues of their ancestors, Pico delivers his message and heads home. When he sees the huge wave coming and realizes the threat is real, however, he tries to return to his father. Swept up and tumbled about, Pico is saved by catching hold of—or being held by?—one of the great stone figures. Despite their differences, Pico’s father is clearly overjoyed at his survival. Low’s computer-generated illustrations, resembling oil paintings, perfectly capture the ponderous weight of the stone statues and the threatening darkness of the impending storm. While the story may have the potential to engage thoughtful listeners, the appended author’s note seems clearly aimed at environmentally conscious adults. Earnest but ultimately unlikely to get the message across. (Picture book. 6-8)