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Book Title: The Wretched Stone|
ISBN 13: 9780395533079
The author of the book: Chris Van Allsburg
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: October 28th 1991
Format files: PDF
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The Wretched Stone is an interesting, somewhat spooky picture book. It is narrated by a sailor via his personal diary. He and his crew are sailing in the ocean, and they come across an uncharted island. This island bears no fruit, no drinkable water, and no life whatsoever, but they do find a curious, glowing stone and bring it aboard the ship. The narrator finds that his once lively, fun crew who used to read, tell stories, and dance are now too absorbed in this strange stone to do anything but gaze at it all day. After a failed attempt to throw the stone overbard, the crew members slowly start to turn into apes! Without knowing what to do, the narrator reads to the crew, and they slowly transform back until they are fully human again. Strangely, they still have an appetite for a special fruit that is found on their island...
I think that this "glowing stone" is supposed to represent (or even be) a TV, and the author is portraying his ideas of what will happen to society if we stop reading and get too consumed in television or the media.
This was a very insightful, thought-provoking book that I enjoyed reading!
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Read information about the authorChris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.
Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the other products) they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapids in yellow and blue trucks.
When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building. It was a very old house that, like the little house in Virginia Lee Burton’s story, had once looked over farmland. But by 1949, the house was surrounded by buildings and other houses. Chris’s father ran the dairy with Chris’s three uncles after his grandfather Peter retired.
When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development; a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built.
There remained many open fields and streams and ponds where a boy could catch minnows and frogs, or see a firefly at night. It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again.
The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids. It was a street that looked like the street on the cover of The Polar Express. The houses were all set back the same distance from the street. Between the street and the sidewalk grew enormous Elm trees whose branches reached up and touched the branches of the trees on the other side of the street. Chris moved to this street with his mom, dad, sister, and two Siamese cats. One named Fafner and the other name Eloise.
Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids. He didn’t take art classes during this time. His interests and talents seemed to be more in the area of math and science.
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