The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney

The Stone Bird

Written by Jenny McCartney
Illustrated by Patrick Benson

5+ readers   Books of the Month   3+ readers   Julia Eccleshare's Picks   eBooks   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017

Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the imagination. When Eliza finds a stone the exact shape of an egg on the beach she takes it home and cherishes it. She dismisses her mother’s view that it is far too heavy to be an egg and cares for it just as if it is one. As the seasons turn, the egg changes. It becomes increasingly bird like and a little egg turns up beside it. Eliza’s care for her stones and her imagination about their potential makes them come alive for her and for readers who, like her, enjoy breathing life into inanimate objects. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for November 2017

Christmas Dinner of Souls by Ross Montgomery

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Katinka's Tail by Judith Kerr

Lucky Button by Michael Morpurgo

Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray

The Song from Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold


The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney

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 mum, 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.


Let your imagination soar with this charming debut book - delightfully illustrated by Patrick Benson * Mail on Sunday, Best Books of 2017 * Grave and reflective, it is engagingly illustrated by Patrick Benson * Spectator * Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the imagination. -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4Kids, Book of the Month November 2017 * Illustrations... evoke summery seashore scenes and frosty winter evenings as the child's playtime reveries become, for her, real * Kirkus * A wonderful and evocative glimpse into a child's imagination * Early Years Educator *

About the Author

Jenny McCartney (Author) Jenny is a successful journalist whose work often features in national newspapers. The Stone Bird is her debut picture book.Patrick Benson (Illustrator) Patrick was born in 1956 and educated at Eton, in Florence and at Chelsea Art School. He worked in fashion before a chance meeting with the sister of Sebastian Walker (founder of Walker Books) introduced him to the world of children's publishing. Patrick has illustrated some of the greatest authors of children's books including Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Mal Peet and Martin Waddell. He also illustrated Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, from the well-known television commercial. Patrick lives and works on his farm in Scotland.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 6 years


Jenny McCartney
More books by Jenny McCartney


Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd November 2017




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

You give me age appropriate ideas of books I can read and buy for the children and find out what other children their age think of them too.

Katie Lonsdale

We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

It’s so easy to find the right book for your child. Such an easy-to-use, yet in-depth website. 100% reliable.

Pippa, Jack, Liam & Matthew Wils

Lovereading 4 schools