A Single Pearl

A Single Pearl

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In a vast ocean, a single grain of sand seems hopelessly small and unimportant.
But over time, the sand begins to change. Layer by layer, it grows and transforms. Its beauty starts to shine.
Exquisitely crafted by an award-winning author-illustrator team, this luminous, uplifting story reminds us of the amazing capacity for change within us all.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 214 x 300 x 9mm | 380g
  • Disney Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1423145577
  • 9781423145578
  • 825,712

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A potentially charming tale about a perfect pearl that takes form from a simple grain of sand is laden with heavy-handed life lessons. The grain becomes embedded in an oyster and is slowly coated with protective layers until a diver brings it up, discovers the beautiful pearl it has become and sets it on a journey that carries it home to a lovely young princess. The tale might have succeeded as a story of how the pearl became the imperial jewel of Persia, the nominal plot, but Napoli missteps by endowing the grain of sand with deep emotions of hopelessness and helplessness and, eventually, love and joy. The message that each person has the ability to change and grow is clearly intended to be uplifting and encouraging. However, all the changes to the grain of sand come about naturally: It does not make itself into a pearl; that outcome is accomplished by the oyster and time. Moreover, a pearl has no value beyond what humans place upon it. The princess loves the pearl, certainly with no thought to the grain of sand at its center. LaMarche's lovely illustrations, rendered in acrylic paint and colored pencil in a palette of pink, purple and turquoise, with appropriately luminescent pearls, transcend the weaknesses of the text. A well-meaning tale is overwhelmed by an over-the-top attempt at inspiration. (Picture book. 4-7) Kirkus"
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About Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli teaches linguistics at Swarthmore College and is the author of numerous books for young readers of all ages, including "Alligator Bayou," an "ALA" Top Ten Book and winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award; "The King of Mulberry Street," a Sydney Taylor Award Honor book; and "Treasury of Greek Mythology," an ALA Notable book. She lives in Pennsylvania. Jim LaMarche has illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, and Little Oh and The Rainbabies, both by Laura Krauss Melmed. He wrote and illustrated The Raft. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, where the ocean continually inspires his work.
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78 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 22% (17)
4 33% (26)
3 32% (25)
2 12% (9)
1 1% (1)
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