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If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge Hardcover – Mar 9 2010

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (March 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426305990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426305993
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 1 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #936,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Marc Aronson is an award-winning author and editor. He lives in Maplewood, NJ.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This mesmerizing tale of the secrets the stones and soils of Stonehenge finally have given up will dazzle the reader! March 14 2010
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a boy Mike Parker Pearson had archaeology in his bones, but there was no chance of him discovering anything new because all the archaeologists before him undoubtedly had discovered everything ... or had they? Men like Richard Atkinson, one of the "elegant, wise gentlemen who knew it all," had been secretive in his work and it was later discovered that during his work at Stonehenge he had made mistakes. His assistant, probably too cowed to say anything, was silent. There was something about Stonehenge that was still mysterious, uncomplete and somehow hidden. A voice half a world away needed to speak and that voice belonged to Ramilisonia, an archaeologist from Madagascar, who "could see the ancient stone circle with fresh eyes." He would join Mike and the Riverside Project Team, a team that would help the stones and the soil talk to us.

Mike, who had worked with him, brought him to the circle so he could take a look. The answer was simple, but proving it would take money, time and tenacity. "The stones were put up for the ancestors." It was a surreal moment that Mike would probably never forget. Certain things about the stones and the circle weren't up for debate. It was known that the stones were made of sarsen, "a form of stone made from grains of sand that have hardened and bonded to form a tough form of sandstone." (p. 9) The sarsens had been moved from a distance of 18 miles away while the bluestone had traveled an amazing 150 miles. Mike had been once told to "be sensible," but now was not the time. Questions needed to be answered after Ramilisonia made the connection between the stone and the wood. What secrets was this circle holding? What were the mistakes others had made? Would the soils finally give up their secrets?

This mesmerizing tale of the secrets the stones and soils of Stonehenge finally have given up will dazzle the reader, young and old alike. This is one of the most exciting archaeological books for this age group I've read in some time. When the "secrets" were finally divulged, it made the hair stand up on my arms just sensing the thrill of discovery that Mike and the Riverside Project Team must have felt. The photography, of course is wonderful, but it is the story that will wow the reader. The author states that "This is a book about questioning what others believe to be true, not accepting ideas just because famous people say they are right." The book nicely challenges the reader to think for himself and shows just what can happen when people refuse to accept everything that has come before them. If you are into the mysteries of archaeology, this is one book you're going to want to add to your list!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling! July 12 2010
By ReaderMI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I picked up a copy at our local library--new in the children's section--and was simply dazzled. Straightforward text, lots of photographs and drawings, appealing to readers of all ages. The author reminds his readers that sometimes even though we think we know all there is to know about something (Stonehenge, in this instance), there is really much, much more to learn. Aronson says over and over to start what others have done, but to think and see things in your own way because it may just lead to some amazing results! A must read for history buffs or wanna-be archaeologists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's book that gives an interesting view Dec 27 2013
By Jackie. Rider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Stonehenge is spectacular. When preparing to go there, I read this book and it helped me understand what had happened during that time in that region of England and prepared my husband and me for a memorable day traveling in southern England and visiting several Neolithic sites. And it was a fairly quick read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the buddy Archaelogist April 19 2013
By K. Wheaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very upbeat, current and interesting. If you are visiting Stonehenge even adults will enjoy this.I found this at our local library and ordered for my grandchildren.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXcellent Jan. 30 2013
By JEWELS (In Greece) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a children section of a military library & the kids & adults find the information extremely useful & interesting.

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