A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road (Hardcover)

A Story of the Silk Road

By Bonnie Christensen, Bonnie Christensen (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596437159, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2013



In 9th century China, a little girl sends a small jade pebble to travel with her father along the Silk Road. The pebble passes from his hand all the way to the Republic of Venice, the end of the Silk Road, where a boy cherishes it and sees the value of this gift from a girl at the end of the road.

A Neal Porter Book.

About the Author

Bonnie Christensen is the author and illustrator of the Schneider Family Book Award winner Django and Woodie Guthrie: Poet of the people, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book. Most recently, she created Plant a Little Seed, of which School Library Journal said the language is poetic and evocative and the illustrations are a visual treat. She lives in Wilson, North Carolina.

Praise For A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road

"With illustrations that echo, at turns, the distinct traditions of Chinese, Islamic and European art, Ms. Christensen brings a sense of affable generosity to the dynamic interplay of cultures that formed the original information superhighway."--The Wall Street Journal

"Luminous artwork is the highlight of this child’s introduction to the Silk Road." -- Kirkus Reviews  "Christensen’s atmospheric paintings and prose provide lively snapshots of life on the Silk Road."--Publishers Weekly 

"The colorful illustrations reflect the customs and culture of each stop on the trade route, and the simple text gives context clues for children unfamiliar with the setting and historical period." -- School Library Journal