A Gift from the Sea by Kate Banks

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"Banks and Hallensleben make beautiful books together." -- American Bookseller

A boy picks up a rock that he finds on the beach. He holds it in his hand, and admires it. He doesn't know that the rock has been on a great journey through time in making its way to him: that it was spewed forth from a fiery volcano, then altered by eons of wind and rain, frozen during the ice age, and finally carried out into the ocean, where it lay on the floor of the sea before being thrust onto the shore at his feet. But he does know that it is a gift from the sea.

Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben combine their talents to tell a story that is as wonderfully simple as it is profound.
 

About Kate Banks

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Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books for children, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Kate Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Georg Hallensleben lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.
 
Published April 6, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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While a dark-eyed boy picks up a rock on a beach, contemplates it quietly, then takes it home to place alongside his collection of sea glass, flashback scenes track his prize from its volcanic origins, as it "cooled in the shade of a thousand years," lay on a grassy highland while dinosaurs came ...

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By the time the contemporary boy places his find beside his box of sea glass, the rock's astonishing history has been well established.

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