Published by Candlewick Press
Summary: On the opening page, a family is burying their beloved dog, then leaving for summer vacation. The girl in the family reaches into the ocean as she watches another girl play with her dog on the beach. The action suddenly shifts to prehistoric times when a meteor hits the earth. It lands as a golden slab of rock, which is then used in all kinds of structures and works of art throughout history. In its final incarnation, it’s carved into a dragon which eventually ends up smashed into pieces at the bottom of the sea. One of the pieces washes ashore, and the girl from the beginning of the story finds it. She takes it home and lays it on her dog’s grave, bringing the story full circle. 48 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: Books from Lane Smith, Aaron Becker, and the Fan Brothers all in the same month…what an amazing world we live in. Like Becker’s Journey trilogy, this wordless book requires multiple “readings” to begin to absorb all that is happening in the illustrations. Imaginative kids will be fascinated with the idea of traveling back in time through geology and will look at rocks in a whole new way.
Cons: Younger readers (and possibly older ones too) will likely need some help to understand what is going on.