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Never Satisfied: The Story of The Stonecutter

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A hilarious story about thinking the grass is greener somewhere else Have you ever wished you were someone else? Stanley the stonecutter has, because cutting stones is hard work for a frog! So Stanley wishes he could have it easy like the tea-drinking businessman…and, boom, he’s transformed. Then he decides he’d be better off as the majestic king. But even that isn’t good e A hilarious story about thinking the grass is greener somewhere else Have you ever wished you were someone else? Stanley the stonecutter has, because cutting stones is hard work for a frog! So Stanley wishes he could have it easy like the tea-drinking businessman…and, boom, he’s transformed. Then he decides he’d be better off as the majestic king. But even that isn’t good enough when he sees the radiant sun. Why, if he were the sun, everyone would look up to him, right? Hmm, will Stanley ever be satisfied? Dave Horowitz’s fantastic collage illustrations bring this classic folktale to hilarious life as Stanley’s endless comparisons bring him full circle. Maybe being yourself is not half bad after all!

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A hilarious story about thinking the grass is greener somewhere else Have you ever wished you were someone else? Stanley the stonecutter has, because cutting stones is hard work for a frog! So Stanley wishes he could have it easy like the tea-drinking businessman…and, boom, he’s transformed. Then he decides he’d be better off as the majestic king. But even that isn’t good e A hilarious story about thinking the grass is greener somewhere else Have you ever wished you were someone else? Stanley the stonecutter has, because cutting stones is hard work for a frog! So Stanley wishes he could have it easy like the tea-drinking businessman…and, boom, he’s transformed. Then he decides he’d be better off as the majestic king. But even that isn’t good enough when he sees the radiant sun. Why, if he were the sun, everyone would look up to him, right? Hmm, will Stanley ever be satisfied? Dave Horowitz’s fantastic collage illustrations bring this classic folktale to hilarious life as Stanley’s endless comparisons bring him full circle. Maybe being yourself is not half bad after all!

30 review for Never Satisfied: The Story of The Stonecutter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    4.5 stars. Great story. Will love to share this with kids. Love the illustrations as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Familiar story with fresh illustrations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    rsfd

    This is my new favorite book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Never Satisfied: The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz. PICTURE BOOK. Nancy Paulsen Book (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2018. $17. 9780399548468 BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE. AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE A frog named Stanley starts this book as a stonecutter. When he sees a businessman in a cafe, he wishes, and is granted, to be a businessman. Being a businessman is great until he sees a king and wishes to be a king. He is grated this wish, but then realizes that the sun in the Never Satisfied: The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz. PICTURE BOOK. Nancy Paulsen Book (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2018. $17. 9780399548468 BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE. AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE A frog named Stanley starts this book as a stonecutter. When he sees a businessman in a cafe, he wishes, and is granted, to be a businessman. Being a businessman is great until he sees a king and wishes to be a king. He is grated this wish, but then realizes that the sun in the sky has more power than he does. This goes on until he wishes to be a stone and realizes the stonecutter has more power than he. This is a great book with a simple message, simple text, and simple illustrations that all work together well. This would be a great addition to a unit on fables or folktales. I think a wide range of ages will be able to follow along and understand the message of this story, although appreciating the value of the lesson will land better with older readers. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    This picture book is one that will be great to read when elementary school classes study of folktales. Based on an old Chinese folktale called, The Stonecutter, this story includes an important lesson learned. The illustrations are good, and the primary color scheme is a perfect fit for the story. If used in a classroom setting, the book's abrupt ending may need further explanation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    I love Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again!! One of my favorite read alouds to my Kindergartners. This will find a place in a teacher's folktale unit, but was not "hilarious". Kids liked art and understood the lesson.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Fable. Enjoyed the author's note.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    An easy read with good illustrations. The only problem is, just like the author's note at the first, most kids might need the abrupt ending explained. It can make for a good life lesson though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erin Murphy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. his book had potential to have a great moral, but I don't think that potential was fully realized. Also, there never seemed to be any consequences for the Stonecutter.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Well done version of the old story. Funny illustrations help make this a good choice for young readers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The fable is told in a playful fun way, but I'm not sure if the message is a match for kids or if it is something that fits more for adults.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joy Lane

    A good read-aloud. could be made into a felt storytime

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Tanner

    A funny retelling of an old folk tale.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Syntha Green

    Excellent retelling of the folktale

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    Excellent retelling of the classic tale!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Cute story about a frog who is never satisfied with where he is in life -- and where he ends up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Be careful what you wish for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Nice graphics and simple, easy to follow story that ends up coming full circle. Wasn't overly interesting or original.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara Grochowski

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Bintrim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kellee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

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