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The Jupiter stone
Lewis, Paul Owen.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
When a young boy finds a rock that had floated through space and landed on Earth millions of years earlier, he writes a letter to NASA asking them to return it to the heavens.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 72285.
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This striking picture book chronicles the journey of a small striped stone - which bears an uncanny resemblance to the planet Jupiter - from its beginning in the heavens to its landing on primordial Earth to its return to space. Award-winning author/illustrator Paul Owen Lewis has created a simple yet never-ending story which will inspire more questions that it answers.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A beautifully eerie opening scene shows a meteorite falling through the earth's atmosphere. Over a series of naturalistic spreads, eons pass. The ecosystem changes from sea-bottom to sand with a minimum of text ("Millions of years passed.../ and passed..."). The feet of a dinosaur and a proto-human pass by. The elements smooth the pocked surface of the stone (which always manages to be on the surface), and its details resolve into a likeness of the planet Jupiter. At last, a boy in sneakers finds it on a pebbly beach, and his mother asks, "Where do you think it came from?" The book does not give the boy's hypotheses; instead, he appears next at a desk, surrounded by model rockets and science posters ("Inspired by the answer he found, the boy wrote a letter"). The following pages make another grand leap: A U.S. space shuttle takes off ("The stone was launched into orbit"), and a NASA astronaut uses the boy's slingshot to fling the stone into the void ("to tumble again in the vastness of space"). Such abrupt transitions skip deductive reasoning in their rush to get to the payoff. In the end, a green scaly "child" in an alien landscape finds the stone, continuing the sequence into infinity. Lewis (Frog Girl) urges readers to speculate on the origins of their surroundings. Yet, paradoxically, the book leaves little margin for the joy of discovery, unlike Kate Banks and George Hallensleben's virtuosic A Gift from the Sea (2001). Ages 6-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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PreS-Gr 3-Text and pictures work together to stretch the minds of viewers in this journey through time and space. A striped stone falls from the sky to Earth and remains buried for millions of years, over the course of many climate changes. Dinosaurs and nomads pass. Then one day, a boy picks it up. He researches its origins, writes to NASA, and the stone is sent on a launch, where an astronaut hurls it into the "vastness of space" for another child to find. The youngster on the planet where it lands looks nothing like a human, but the galaxies whirling overhead hold a beauty of their own. Lewis's shapes and colors of the cosmos have the hypnotic quality of lava lamps. The double-page vistas extend the viewers' sense of the passage of time. These images combine with only a few sentences to stimulate thinking about our place in the universe and the possibility that alternate worlds exist.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.