Beth Norling has mastered the mysteries of alchemy, transforming the simple elements of narrative and image into pure gold. This is a story of transformation; of loss, loneliness, courage, sacrifice and enlightenment. It is a symbolic journey through the inner life of a six-year-old girl still learning to understand her feelings. Pushed out into the sometimes silent, sometimes stormy world of her emotions, the girl sinks to the bottom of the sea, is chased through the forest by wolves, lost in the desert and caught in a storm before returning home safe and sound to a world that seems somehow changed. A picture book in the truest sense, The Stone Baby will delight and transfix adults and children alike. This is a masterpiece of children's book art. Haunting illustrations using the ancient technique of tempura, mixing egg-yolk and pigment.