Boy of the Painted Cave [NOOK Book]

Overview

Tao is an outcast. Unlike the great hunters of his clan, Tao does not want to kill the wild bears or woolly mammoths of the hunt. Instead he wants only to paint them. But only Chosen Ones can be cave painters. What's more, Volt, the clan leader, violently despises Tao. And when the other clan members discover Tao's secret talent, they cast him out into the wilderness alone. There, he befriends a wild wolf dog named Ram, and the mysterious ...
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Boy of the Painted Cave

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Overview

Tao is an outcast. Unlike the great hunters of his clan, Tao does not want to kill the wild bears or woolly mammoths of the hunt. Instead he wants only to paint them. But only Chosen Ones can be cave painters. What's more, Volt, the clan leader, violently despises Tao. And when the other clan members discover Tao's secret talent, they cast him out into the wilderness alone. There, he befriends a wild wolf dog named Ram, and the mysterious Graybeard, who teaches him the true secret of the hunt.

Forbidden to make images, fourteen-year-old Tao, the boy with the bad foot, yearns to be a cave painter, recording the figures of the mammals, rhinos, bison, and other animals of his prehistoric times.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strongly reminiscent of Ann Turner's recent Time of the Bison , this too is a beautifully written story about an artistic prehistoric boy. Adopted as an infant by the kind old woman Kala, Tao does not know his father. His mother, Kala tells him, gave him his gift for seeing beauty``the thing that makes you different from others.'' Determined to paint, despite the taboo against it, Tao is gradually cast from the clan. Now on the outside, he begins to view their superstitions skeptically: demons do not dwell in the forbidden slough, after all; and the wolf dog, Ram, despised by the clan, becomes Tao's devoted friend. This is an exciting, fabulously descriptive story set against violent times. Denzel's knowledge of the Stone Age enhances the action; moreover, with his tender, somewhat melancholy insights into ostracism and loyalty, he transcends the period. Ages 8-12. (September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101077931
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/16/1996
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 201,200
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author


Justin Denzel has been intrigued with history and caves for many years. As a young man he worked at the American Museum of Natural History, where he studied prehistoric cultures. Later, while training for the Army in the days before World War II, he explored the mammoth underground caves of Tennessee.

Mr. Denzel's first professional writing experience came in Alaska, where he wrote and edited a periodical, The Alaskan. During World War II he wrote for Nature magazine and for Stars and Stripes.

Mr. Denzel is the author of many books for young readers, including the well-loved Boy of the Painted Cave, published in 1988 by Philomel. He lives in Clifton, New Jersey, with his wife, Josephine.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Lifes morals

    Good book and has a lot of life lessons and blah blah blah and ya its that kind if book :|

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Silver Moon in Raging Storm

    Name: Silver Moon in Raging Storm ((Silver Moon for short))
    Gender: She-Cat
    Age: 6 moons
    Rank: Kit, soon to be a to-be
    Personality: Kind but shy
    Looks: White she-cat with a silver stripe running from her nose to her tail. Black paws. Purple eyes.
    Mate: None
    History: Her mother, Feather in Blue Sky, was in the Tribe of Crashing Waterfalls. When she was just hours from kitting, a storm raged through the territory. It rained so much that water filled the cave, drowning everyone but her. She ran away and found shelter in a cave on higher grounds, where she kitted. All the kits died except for one, the runt. As she was kitting, she noticed that the moon was shining through the clouds and lightning. Thinking it was an omen from the Tribe of Endless Hunting, she named her kit Silver Moon in Raging Storm. While they were trying to find a new home, a large eagle came and attacked them. Unfortunately, Feather was too weak to kill it, so she died at it's talons. Silver Moon, however, found shelter under a bush. As Silver Moon set off by herself, she fell in a pool, where she developed her strange love for water. For 6 moons, she traveled the lands, looking for a Tribe. She found this one, and the rest is history!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Info

    Name: Teller of Clear Pools ~••~ Looks: dark brown she cat with blue eyes ~••~ Personality: smart, loyal, nice, and a good leader ~••~ Mate: wants ~••~ Crush: none ~••~ Rank: healer ~••~ Age: 13 moons ~••~ Other: leaves almost every Tuesday at 6:45 pm central time for piano classes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Bio

    Name sora gender tom has gold fur gold eyes history dont like to talk about it sisters and brothers unknown mate looking rank cave guard personality fun funny nice smart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! itsthe best book i have ever read i actaually had the book for class SPOILER ALERT it is about a boy named tao who waned to be a cave ainer so bafly but e couldnt becuase it was forbidden if he was cuaght ever drawing a image he wold be outcast and even killed becuas if he was drawing imajes he would affend the spirits i love the part when he foung ram (his wolf dog) he would always follow him wherver he went tao looked up to blackbeard a cave painter ye aleays dreamed of being like him and he was surprised that he saw him he beacme his mentor nyou see he was surprised becuase he didnt know he was traveling to places the reason blackbeard traveled us becuase he was a shaman i tjink i am hiving away the book to much but the sad pary is when blackbeard died tears runned down my cheecks i couldnt stop it wen graybeard died the scene that really shocked me is when tao realized .... was his fathe to know who was tao father you have to read the book from what i read is just te begining ther is far more besides we had to make aproject about a scene we loved best and i chose when tao first met ram and guess wat At i got 100% plus i already knwew the story from the back of my head so thay was an easy At I hope you enjoy the book just like i did

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Ok

    Jot the best book too much art and not eneough death war and destruxtion but i am reading for school and its axtually ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Radical

    Its sooooooooooooooooo good best book ive ever read todally worth reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    radical book!

    This book ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF! It is an amazing story about a brave and courageous boy named Toa with his wolf dog named Ram. He grew up with a gal named Kala because his mother died and he doesnt know his dad. In the story there are many other characters along with Tao, such as Volt, Graybeard, Garth, and many many more! When i read this book i couldnt put it down. Everytime you say " ok, 1 more page and im done." it ends up 2 hours later half way done with the book! I loved it and i know you will too. Not to mention the mystery of who his father is!....I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS ENGAGING BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Best

    It really is a good book! Everyone should read it. Micy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Tao is the bomb

    I think that Tao is a brave boy. He is also a cripple. He survives with Ram and Greybeard teaches him how to paint. I found this book interesting and it kept my interest.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Exciting, descriptive story

    I read this book for seventh-grade English-it is great! I really liked the descriptions of how Graybeard, the medicine man, mixed paints and created cave pictures. Trust me-put this book on your reading list! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    This was an awesome book

    I read this book in my 6th grade class in social studies and it was an awesome book!! I think kids form ages 9-12 should read this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    The boy and his forbidden stories

    When the first time I heard about this book when I was in the 6th grade, I thought, lame, another boring book to read. But when my teacher stared reading the book out loud, I got into it. The thrills, the on-edge excitment. I loved it. I knew right away that I wanted that book. So the next day we went to the local library and checked it out. I was reading ahead just so I could hear it again in class. And since my school has a block schedual, I had to wait two days until I heard the story agian. But in the end, the story came out to be the best!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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