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The Worry Stone by Marianna Dengler

The Worry Stone

by Marianna Dengler

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I came across this in the Cascade Elementary Library and brought it home to read because I am a worrier and because I loved the art. I know how difficult it is to draw people; Gerig, whose training is in medical drawing, captures faces, hands and attitudes perfectly. The story is framed by an elderly woman seeing a lonely boy in the park where she sits every day, and remembering, then retelling the story of the worry stone she found as a child and her beloved grandfather who spoke of its powers. The story within the story is a Chumash Indian legend about the princess whose tears form the worry stones. The lilting words and tone make the reader feel that they are in the story. ( )
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Folks say if you're troubled or worried, and if you rub the stone gently, like this, the worry goes away. Every day the woman walks to the park, the bright red feather bobbing on her floppy old hat. She watches the children play and tries not to think about her own children, scattered to the winds, and herself, growing older each day. Then one day a small, serious boy joins her on the park bench, and she realizes that once she was small and serious, too, but she had Grandfather--and his stories--to make life wonderful. Perhaps there is a way to share that wonder. The Worry Stone is three tales woven together, the way human lives are connected despite distance and time. It pays homage to the first people of California's Ojai Valley, the Chumash Indians, and the power of folktales spoken aloud. Written and illustrated with loving hands, The Worry Stone shows us how the stories of the past can join with the unfolding future, turning one lonely old woman and one lonely young boy into friends.

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When a small, serious boy joins Amanda on the park bench, she remembers that once she was small and serious too, but she had Grandfather--and his wonderful stories.

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