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Finding the Green Stone Hardcover – October 31, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (October 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015227538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152275389
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"In a small community on the Earth," every person and animal possesses a shiny green stone. If a stone's owner shows warmth, love and respect to others, his stone glows, but negative actions and feelings cause the stone to become dull and gray until restitution can be made. When Johnny loses his green stone, he must discover the strength and wisdom within himself that will bring the magic glow back to his life. Walker presents a rather forced message in this strange story. The tone is ethereal and removed--odd qualities in such a personal plot--while the writing style, especially the dialogue, is stiff and didactic. Young readers will have difficulty understanding the confusing concept that a person's inner goodness should be reflected in an iridescent rock. Deeter's warm acrylic paintings are full of life, depicting the multiethnic inhabitants of this unusual town, which itself seems enveloped by an eerie green light. The book's intent is noble but in the end simply too hard to swallow. All ages.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- Like everyone in their largely African-American community, Johnny and Katie each have a green stone that glows when they are particularly loving or caring. Johnny loses his and immediately begins acting badly. (It's unclear whether he lost it because he acted badly; at any rate, ``because of his hurtful behavior, he deserved to lose it.'') His actions make everyone, himself included, sad (no one gets angry in this book). Johnny's father trucks wood (but feels bad about tree-cutting); his mother is a fast-moving community doctor, rushing around with her stone in her mouth (no danger of choking?). When she reacts impatiently to Johnny's loss, her stone turns a sickly color; her amended response is to put her arm around her son and tell him it's his own fault. Only Johnny himself can find it again, but the whole community drops everything to be with him while he looks. When he puzzles over their support, he feels ``as if all the warmth inside himself was trying to rush out''--but instead of a fatal chill, he gets his stone back. Allegorical consistency is not the book's strong suit: although the stone seems to be an external conscience, trees and dogs have them too; and the possession of a stone doesn't keep some characters from acting badly. Preachy psychology and muddled fantasy make for a heavy-handed blend. Deeter's warm, bright acrylics are cheery and attractive, but can't save this tract from sinking under its own well-intentioned weight. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States' preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I use this book during our friendship week. It's a great story with many themes that help build our "community" in my classroom. This is one of my favorite books.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By teacoffee on May 21, 2012
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Book came without a cover and many of the pages were torn. (Even though the description read differently). Ocerall I was not pleased with this item.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eb Kinteh on April 16, 2012
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I have purchased this book along with other books almost a month ago, and i have not yet received it. i was told that i wll receive it before By April 6, and now its april 16. What's going on????
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