Aronson, Marc. If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2010. 64p. ISBN: 978-1-42630-5993
NSTA’s Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2011
Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
In If Stones Could Speak, Marc Aronson explores the mystery of Stonehenge with archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson. After approaching the mystery in a new way, Mike is able to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge.
In If Stones Could Speak, author Mark Aronson introduces readers to the mystery of Stonehenge through archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson’s experience researching it. This approach provides readers a narrative and (more importantly!) a character to follow. I believe that by telling the story of Stonehenge in this way, Aronson encourages his readers to become more deeply invested in it. I found Pearson’s story, from discovering his passion for archaeology at an ancient burial site when he was a child to researching Stonehenge years later, captivating. Not only is his story interesting, it lends a sense of familiarity to the book and serves as the connective thread linking major topics together. For example, Aronson stresses the importance of being to willing to look at things in a new way in If Stones Could Speak. Pearson exhibits this willingness when he asks Ramilisonina, a retired archaeologist from Madagascar, what he thought the stones were for. Ramilisonina’s answer became the foundation of a new theory that Pearson would research for years to come.
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