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.