the stone baby

August 13, 2011

books for kids

Some picture storybooks just don’t seem to be for young children.

This is one of those.

It’s beautiful and deep. It relies on a few carefully chosen words and intricate illustrations to convey the story. I think it is a masterpiece.

It is the story of a six year-old girl who is overwhelmed by all she has to do and cope with and feel. All of these new and interesting and terrifying situations present themselves and she has to navigate her way around them and through them whilst trying to retain her need to be a baby. The struggle is epic.

From the back cover: “A story of loss, loneliness, courage, sacrifice, enlightenment and transformation, The Stone Baby is a symbolic journey through the inner life of a six-year-old girl still learning to understand her feelings.”

Highly recommended for parents who have forgotten what it’s like to be a young child. Parents and therapists could use it to initiate discussion with a child who is feeling overwhelmed and confused about leaving being a baby behind and entering the world of “big”.

The Stone Baby, written and illustrated by Beth Norling, 2002, Lothian Books.

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5 Comments on “the stone baby”

  1. InsideJourneys Says:

    It’s good that this book is good for parents who’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a child. We adults need constant reminders so we can use the qualities we had as children to serve us in our big world.

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    • hakea Says:

      Hi Marcia

      It takes a while to process this book. When I first read it I was astonished at how deep and surreal it is. A few readings are required to internalise it.

      Reply

  2. eof737 Says:

    Sounds like a delightful book… Children’s book are so wonderfully colorful. I sometimes stop in a bookstore to pick up copies and admire the illustrations and use of color. 🙂

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    • hakea Says:

      Hi Eliz

      The illustrations are amazing, but the story is quite dark and a wee bit disturbing in a good way, if that’s possible. It certainly gives one a lot to think about.

      Reply

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