The Wretched Stone

The Wretched Stone

by Chris Van Allsburg


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The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg

In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395533079
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/1991
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 74,693
Product dimensions: 8.87(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at 


Providence, Rhode Island

Date of Birth:

June 18, 1949

Place of Birth:

Grand Rapids, Michigan


University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975

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"As always, Van Allsburg's paintings are magnificent. Cool, clear colors, boldly executed, and unusual perspective accentuate the story's mystery." Booklist, ALA

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Wretched Stone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is one of my favorite Chris Van Allsburg books. Chris Van Allsburg, author to gems like The Polar Express, The Stranger, Just A Dream, and The Wreck of the Zephyr, tells another captivating story with a message. This one serves as a great reminder and launching point for discussion, for children and adults alike, about the dangers of too much television. It¿s estimated that the average child watches about 4 hours of TV per day. That calculates out to 28 hours per week or 120 hours per month. Imagine what any one of us could accomplish in that amount of time! The sad truth is that for so many of us parents, the TV becomes a cheap and easy babysitter for our kids. The Wretched Stone is a great story with wonderful illustrations and a very important message.