The Stone Bird

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mom, but Eliza knows it’s alive. Step into the magical world of one child’s imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children’s books Patrick Benson.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-03-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002040, JUV051000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 11
Lexile 600
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 195579
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Jenny McCartney

Jenny McCartney is a successful journalist based in the UK whose work often features in national newspapers. The Stone Bird is her debut picture book.

Illustrator: Patrick Benson

Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and educated at Eton, in Florence, and at Chelsea Art School. Patrick has illustrated some of the greatest authors of children's books including Roald Dahl. Patrick lives and works on his farm in Scotland.


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019


School Library Journal

“A sweet and tender reminder to treasure the power of imagination.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Illustrations that look to be made from pen and ink with watercolors evoke summery seashore scenes and frosty winter evenings as the child’s playtime reveries become, for her, real.”—Kirkus Reviews