The Stone by Michael Carter
Folk tales, fables, and parables are a form of literature where a short story creates a visual image the listeners/readers can easily relate to. Once interest has been gained, the tale then delivers a message with a purpose. Aesop’s fables, for example, nearly always have a message about human nature and character. Who among us doesn’t know the fable of the tortoise and the hare? What’s the lesson? Slow and steady wins the race. These fables are enjoyed by children and adults alike; their messages tend to lodge in our minds long term.
The Stone is a story that fits into this category of literature. It is similar to a folk tale that appeals to both children and adults. It begins as an exchange between son and father. The young boy loves the stories his father tells, so he is delighted when his father launches into the tale of the stumbling stone.
The author enhances the storytelling aspect by visually engaging illustrations done mostly in watercolor. They convey an earthy atmosphere, appropriate to a carpenter’s workshop. Cultural atmosphere is further promoted by framing the illustrations on some of the pages in Hebrew verse. The final pages of the book contain English translation of the verses from the Old Testament which provides a historical as well as cultural background for the story of the stone. The result is a visually stunning picture book I would be delighted to have on my bookshelves to read to my grandchildren some day. It’s a pleasure to read.
The marriage of story and illustration is seamless and winsome. The author/illustrator transforms the Hebrew written language into visual art which aids the message in the story. It becomes indelibly stamped in our minds as an instant classic.
I highly recommend this colorful book to anyone who enjoys timeless classic tales encased in visually appealing illustrated books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Story Cartel on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”