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If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets…

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge

by Marc Aronson

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I actually did not really like this informational book, as I found it drawn out, but there were a few parts of it that were good. I did not like how the author wrote, or how it was not very engaging. However, the illustrations and images did make the book pop. The first reason I did not like this book was the fact that the author did not write at an age appropriate level. A clear example of this is using words like mortise, or when talking about how the stones were moved she does state very well how the archeologists discovered what they did. These words and the fact that she did not provide important details made me feel like she did not know who she was writing to. I feel like the book was not very engaging as dragged on and included many tidbits that did not need to be included. The main example of this is that the author talked about who controlled the site in present day and people that did not really contribute to the dig. On the other hand though, the images and graphs used by the author really made the book come to life and drew my eye to all the additional facts they provided. An example of this is when the author gave a bird's eye view of the Stonehenge site; she used the whole two pages, different colors and signs pointing to each part of the surrounding area. The main message for this book was to explain what has been found out about this unordinary statue, and what its significance may be. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Oct 27, 2015 |
This was an interesting read about the possibilities of the reasons for the existence of Stonehenge. The author makes a point of teaching children to go with their own reasoning, to trust their own instincts, and not to follow the crowd, even if "the crowd" is a bunch of experts. Sometimes it takes new eyes and unbiased opinions to help people start to find the real truth. Good lesson for life, not only for finding out the original purpose for this famous site. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Aug 10, 2014 |
Summary: This book explores the changing views on the history of Stonehenge.
Review: This book has a lot of good information on Stonehenge. It also teaches a lot about archaeology. The photographs and diagrams are very useful.
  kkrat2 | May 14, 2014 |
I absolutely loved this book. The author worked hand in hand with the Riverside team to detail a project that would flip all prior ideas regarding this historic landmark. The content was so reader friendly and very appropriate for young reader and adult.
The format of the book was well done and very appropriate for this sort of read. The photos and illustrations helped the reader get a better feel for the locations of the various new sites and the 1,000 year old artifacts being unearthed.
  Phil9 | Feb 26, 2014 |
A fascinating story of how one archaeologist made his way around the world and changed history through his work at Stonehenge. This book is full of information told in an interesting and engaging way. The pictures are lovely and the drawings realistic to the times.
  gradschool14 | Feb 1, 2014 |
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What are the secrets of the ancient stone circle? Were the carefully placed stones a burial site, an ancient calendar, a place of Druid worship...or even a site of sacrifice? World-renowned archaeologist Mike Parker-Pearson has spent the last seven years on a quest to answer these and many other questions. In If Stones Could Speak, award-winning author Marc Aronson joins the research crew and records their efforts to crack Stonehenge’s secrets. National Geographic helped sponsor the Riverside archeological team’s mission, and now young readers can journey behind the scenes to experience this groundbreaking story first-hand, through the eyes of the experts.

Mike and his team have revolutionized our understanding of Stonehenge by exploring the surrounding landscape for clues about the stones -- an idea first suggested by a visitor from Madagascar. The results have been breathtaking: The team recently unearthed the largest Neolithic village ever found in England. Marc Aronson had total access to the site, the team, and their work over two seasons of digging and brings the inspirational story of the discoveries taking place at this World Historical Site to young readers. The informative and drama-driven text includes tales of dead bodies, cremations, feasting, and ancient rituals, as well as insights into the science of uncovering the ancien t past.

The expert text, stunning photography, and explanatory maps and illustrations will all help young readers see this ancient monument in totally new ways, and inspire future generations of archaeological explorers.
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Explores the mysterious monument of Stonehenge and reveals some of its secrets and history.

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