The Wretched Stone

Hardcover | October 28, 1991

byChris Van Allsburg

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In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.

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We learn from the log of the Rita Anne that her voyage is going remarkably well. A clever and happy crew makes the days pass quickly. Then, on an uncharted island, the sailors discover an odd, glowing rock. Bringing it aboard, the captain notices the frightening and disastrous effect it has on his crew. But luck and courage restores th...

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In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. I...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.88 × 0.39 inPublished:October 28, 1991Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395533074

ISBN - 13:9780395533079

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Power of Education Chris Van Allsburg creates two stories within the confines of one. His mastered ability to make one story carry an apparent and literal message for a child and another to carry an apparent but figurative message for an adult and child becomes evident in this miniature masterpiece.
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We learn from the log of the Rita Anne that her voyage is going remarkably well. A clever and happy crew makes the days pass quickly. Then, on an uncharted island, the sailors discover an odd, glowing rock. Bringing it aboard, the captain notices the frightening and disastrous effect it has on his crew. But luck and courage restores the crew and finds a proper home for "the wretched stone". Full color throughout

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As always, Van Allsburg's paintings are magnificent. Cool, clear colors, boldly executed, and unusual perspective accentuate the story's mystery." Booklist, ALA "