“A stone sat still

with the water, grass, and dirt

and it was as it was

where it was in the world.”

Title: A Stone Sat Still

Author and Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel

Source: Raincoast Books for review

A stone is just a stone, right?


Except when the stone is more than a stone.

Like when the stone is a kitchen.

Like when the stone is a danger.

Or like when the stone is a story.

Wenzel beautifully imbibes one of the world’s most mundane objects – a stone – with a magnificent life all its own.

The stone transforms depending on which creature has need of it in the moment.

The stone is a fascinating metaphor for truth – is the stone light or dark? Loud or quiet? Well, that depends on who you ask.

But don’t worry, this book isn’t too deep for children to wade into. My girls loved each page, constructing different stories for every animal and their unique uses of the stone.

Wonderfully calming, stunningly illustrated, and delightfully imaginative, this stone book has settled into our hearts.