The Secret Cave

Discovering Lascaux

By McCully, Emily Arnold

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ISBN
978-0-37436-694-0
Publisher
Farrar


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on October 1, 2010

Gr 1-4 In 1940, four boys found a tunnel beneath a tree in the French countryside. Looking for buried gold, they came upon, instead, the most famous prehistoric art of all time, the Lascaux cave paintings. This book tells their story, concentrating on the days of discovery and the boys' gradual sharing of the cave's secret, first with other children in the village, then with a trusted teacher, and finally with an expert. McCully's natural dialogue and economical prose accompany her lush, accessible watercolors. Velvety...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2010

Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas know about cave paintings; Jacques's teacher, Léon Laval, long fascinated by their region's prehistoric past, once took his class to see a site discovered in 1901. But now, just weeks after the fall of France in 1940, the boys and their older friend Marcel Ravidat make a far more significant discovery: an extensive cave with six hundred paintings. Though first thinking to keep the spectacular cavern secret, the boys ask Laval's advice, and he en...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 1, 2010

- Young readers will enjoy this fascinating true story, which serves as an example that important discoveries can be made by people of any age. - Emily Arnold McCully injects her telling with a sense ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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