Monday, September 24, 2012

The Stone Hatchlings by Sarah Tsiang

Happy Fall Good Readers!
The Queen here with an enchanting tale of imagination and love. The Stone Hatchlings is an endearing story by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang and illustrator Qin Leng. When young Abby finds two warm stones in her yard, she decides to take them inside and hatch them. Nobody but Abby see's what wonderful thing hatches emerges the stone eggs.

I enjoyed the tales and I hope you will, too. Check out the activity area for something fun to do along with this book and also click the links on the author and illustrator's name to see who is behind the story and what their story is as well.

Happy Reading!
The Queen


Book Title: The Stone Hatchlings
Author: Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang                                                                Illustrator: Qin Leng

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Annick Press (June 21, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Paperback: 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 978-1554514328

Book Theme:
Using your imagination, creativity, caring for others

Book Summary from
A child's imagination takes flight.
When Abby finds two warm, round stones in the backyard, she "adopts" them, pretending they're unhatched birds. She lovingly builds them a cozy nest and watches over them constantly until one day she imagines that with a crick and a crack, the stones hatch to reveal two gray chicks. With a flourish of her paintbrush, Abby colors the birds yellow, blue, and green, and proceeds to take excellent care of them.

Then the make-believe birds stop singing. Soon they also stop eating, and when they start to lose their feathers Abby realizes it is time to let them go. She waves goodbye as they fly off. But every morning, two new birds appear at the window and sing to Abby.

As in their bestselling book, A Flock of Shoes, this gifted author-illustrator team captures perfectly the whimsical imagination of a small child for whom anything is possible.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Draw two oval shapes onto a sheet of paper, using a black marker.
Offer your child crayons, decorations such as feathers, stickers, sequins, buttons and other oddities to decorate their own chicks with. Or, let them decide what will hatch out of the eggs and make new creatures or animals.

Encourage them to use their imaginations.

Older Readers:
Find some round, smooth stones. Go look by a creek or pond, or even in your backyard. Wash the stones up and now decorate them to make your own little animal. Use your imagination.

Take it a step farther: look around outside. Find limbs, leaves, bark. What kind of animals or creatures can you turn these ordinary things into?

Writing Prompts:
Now that you've made your new pets, write a story about them. Give them a name. Where did they come from? What will you need to do to take care of them? Do they need a warm spot to sleep? What will they eat? What fun activites will they enjoy doing? And, what special talent does your pet have?

Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think Abby thought the stones were eggs?
2. Name the steps Abby took to hatch her pet eggs? (sequencing)
3. Why do you think the stone birds quit eating and singing?
4. Who do you think the new birds were that visited Abby every morning?
5. What did you think about this story?

Here's a fun video to help you make your own pet rock

Authors Arena

From Annick Press bio
Author: Sarah Tsiang
In addition to the highly acclaimed picture book A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng are the creators of Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know. Sarah, who is also a poet, lives in Kingston, Ontario, while Qin, an award-winning animator and illustrator, lives in Toronto, Ontario.

As a child, Sarah Tsiang dreamed about being a part-time librarian and a part-time truck driver. Though many people suggested that she work in a bookmobile, it just didn’t thrill her the way an 18-wheeler could. Eventually, she gave up that dream and decided to be the prime minister of Canada. Somehow, this led her to writing picture books and poetry.

Sarah spends most of her days building giant snow forts, jumping in piles of leaves, and going to the splash pad at the park (adjust for season). She also writes. Sarah started writing at the age of four, mostly one-word stories comprised of her favorite words: “noodles” and “mommy.” She spent most of her time in elementary school making up stories for her friends during recess. She spent the rest of her time reading and re-reading books like Jacob Two-Two, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Indian in the Cupboard, and Where the Red Fern Grows.

Illustrator: Qin Leng

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.

Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.

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