Ilias lives in a small village surrounded by mountains. He has never been to the mountain, but his mother and father go there often, carrying their rocks up the slope. They say everyone has rocks to carry and it helps. Ilias, about to turn 12, is trying to figure it out and knows he can talk to Thomas the baker. On his birthday, Ilias fills his backpack with rocks and totes them to the top. The only thing he got from the experience was a sore back. When he talked to the baker again, Thomas asked Ilias to come to the mountain with him. This time his experience was much different, and he better understood why people went to the mountain. Ilias set out to create special places on his mountain - but would his father come to see them?
Totally blown away. In the first few chapters I wasn't sure where this was going, but I wasn't going to "let go." I felt compelled to understand the story. I am SO glad I continued. It is a book you can read together or independently on those days when you need a trip to the mountains. The metaphor is amazing and makes this a wonderful book for preteens and older. So highly recommended I put it on my "must read" list for teens and young adults.
Readers will be surprised by how quickly Ilias (and the baker) steal their hearts. This story - which is a metaphor about life and growing up - will resonate with those going through tough times and leave them hopeful and more mindful.
This is an illustrated chapter book showing kids that life is filled with challenges and that how you approach them is what makes the difference.
The story is built around a Henry David Thoreau quote that is a metaphor for life. This would be an exceptional reading choice for a teen book club or readers who are in a grief support group.
10 and Up
10 and Up
Buy. You will love this as much as your child. It is a quiet book that you can turn to on tough days or when you're looking for a bit of mindfulness and reflection.