Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang.. Giveaway

The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang
Illustrated by Qin Leng

Young Abby finds 2 heavy eggs in her backyard that must have fallen from a nest. She creates a nest of clothing and proceeds to sit on it. Mom sees the eggs and tells Abby they are actually stones,"but Abby knew an egg when she sat on one".

Abby imagines that the eggs could be alligators, birds, or turtles. She awakes in the morning, imagination vivid, to her eggs hatching into chicks. She feeds them sunflower seeds, paints with them, watches TV with them and even bathes with them. The 'birds' begin to act down and depressed and Abby realizes it is time to let them go. 

Much more than a story of a pet rock! This book is just darling in the imagination of a child visualizing that these 2 stones turned into chicks. She carries them everywhere and is convinced they are chicks. Her parents are so gracious in going along with the adventure. The stones help Abby as she raising them up, fuel for her imagination. She goes from eggs hatching through the process of realizing that the birds need to be released back into nature. The whole while they are really just stones. She imagines the entire life cycle and in her own young heart realizes she must let them go to be happy. 

We all have to learn to set things free in life, sometimes sooner than we like to. This story will show youngsters the power of imagination as well as loving something enough to set it free. 

The artwork by Qin Leng is beautifully detailed. She adds just the right amount of details to the picture to add depth, but retain its whimsicalness. (is that a word?). Love the drawings and I will be looking for other stories that this team has created together for our personal library. 

You can enter to win a copy of this sweet book by using the rafflecopter below. It is open to US and Canada.
Ends Aug 4th at midnight. Must be 18 years of age to enter. 
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  1. My imaginary friend was named Ralph. He was a bolt salesman.

  2. I never had a imaginary friend.. I know alot of people have but not i.. lol

  3. no have never had an imaginary friend...thanks

    Amy Tolley

  4. i never had an imaginary friend but my wife used to have a stuffed pumpkin doll she used to pretend talked to her

  5. I never had an imaginary friend or pet, but my oldest child did. His imaginary friend was named Bo-bo. When he was 4 years old, we moved away from my parents and he left Bo-bo with them. Never heard from Bo-bo again.

  6. No I never did!

  7. I have not. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. yes, i did. i had both - - Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  9. I didn't have one...that I remember at least. My friends kids does. I'd love to win this for her :)
    Jessi Greenmamajama

  10. I had a very close imaginary friend... my children have each had one. The funniest one is my son, Ryan, who named his imaginary friend "The Real Ryan"
    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

  11. Yes, I did go through an imaginary friend stage!
    805chick7 at gmail dot com

  12. I had an imaginary pet when I was around three years old.


  13. Somehow, I never had an imaginary friend when I was a kid.