The Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning

The Secrets of Stonehenge

Written by Mick Manning
Illustrated by Brita Granstrom

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April 2013 Non-Fiction Book of the Month The incredible story of the building of the mighty Stonehenge is brought to life in the action-packed illustrations to this book. How such a feat was achieved without the help of any technology has always been a cause of wonder. Here, the story of how the stones were dragged for many miles, how they were heaved into position and how they were cleverly fitted together so that the building would last, is visually re-enacted while the history of the time and what we know about how man managed 5,000 years ago is explained in the text and accompanying speech bubbles.


The Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning

Why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones to the site from so far away? How did they raise the enormous stones to their upright positions? What was Stonehenge used for, and who lived around the site?

With captions and pictures, and using up-to-the-minute research discoveries, Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom tell the incredible true story of Stonehenge, an awe-inspiring monument - one of the greatest and most important prehistoric sites in the world with a fascinating history, perfect for treatment in a picture book to inspire young readers about our heritage.


'lots of interesting information ... made easy to understand through the detailed pictures.'

'Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom are a superb combination... A wonderful book for youngsters (and adults) about one of the greatest ancient sites in the world.'

'Light years away from the dull post-war black and white text books which many of us were brought up on.'

'I will actually remember what I've learned about Stonehenge from now on. That's because Brita Granstrom and Mick Manning have done again what they do so well. They find a topic and then they find out all there is to know about it, after which they make a deceptively simple non-fiction picture book.'

'Fun, colourful introduction to one of Britain's most enigmatic monuments ... a great asset for children to learn from.' - Our Book Reviews 'Artfully making history accessible using captions and drawings..the mystery behind the giant stones is explored with satisfying depth.'

'an excellent introduction to its subject that touches on the awe and mystery that the monument still inspires.'


'A new book from this talented duo is always a real treat! ... Intricately detailed, the pictures give a wealth of information and are fun to look at as well. ... I learnt a lot from this fascinating book.'

About the Author

Mick Manning

Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom. Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the centre for children's books.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

24th April 2014




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