The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah TsiangThe Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang

The Stone Hatchlings

bySarah TsiangIllustratorQin Leng

Hardcover | September 1, 2012

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A child's imagination takes flight.

When Abby finds two warm, round stones in the backyard, she "adopts" them, pretending they're unhatched birds. She lovingly builds them a cozy nest and watches over them constantly until one day she imagines that with a crick and a crack, the stones hatch to reveal two gray chicks. With a flourish of her paintbrush, Abby colors the birds yellow, blue, and green, and proceeds to take excellent care of them.

Then the make-believe birds stop singing. Soon they also stop eating, and when they start to lose their feathers Abby realizes it is time to let them go. She waves goodbye as they fly off. But every morning, two new birds appear at the window and sing to Abby.

As in their bestselling book, A Flock of Shoes, this gifted author-illustrator team captures perfectly the whimsical imagination of a small child for whom anything is possible.

In addition to the highly acclaimed picture book A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng are the creators of Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know. Sarah, who is also a poet, lives in Kingston, Ontario, while Qin, an award-winning animator and illustrator, lives in Toronto, Ontario. Sarah Tsiang ; Illustrated...
Title:The Stone HatchlingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.28 × 9.2 × 0.28 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554514339

ISBN - 13:9781554514335


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A family favourite The first time I read this book to my daughters, the oldest just hugged me after. We have since read it together many times. I love this story as much as my kids do. The story is beautiful, as are the illustrations.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination is still the best fun! "Stone Hatchlings" is another feather in Tsiang's cap. Tsiang brings back the delightful Abby (from "A Flock of Shoes") who finds two stone eggs that hatch into birds and of course her parents do not see it. She needs to raise the birds and learns about the joys of owning coexisting with animals but also the demands of doing so. Ultimately, this is a fun book which reminds readers that there is no greater tool than one's imagination and to a child, the world needs lots of imagination to make it exciting and fun. This book is exciting and fun and has undertones of respect for nature which are subtle and easily digestible.
Date published: 2012-08-21

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Tsiang has created a beautifully told story about the power of the imagination and the emotions of love, loss, and joy.