""Do you know the prophecy?" asked Pastor Hooper.
Ethan nodded. "Someone will be born hereabouts who will look just like
the Great Stone Face, and he will be the noblest person of his time."
Ethan grows up in the shadow of The Great Stone Face. Witheveryone else in his village, he waits and wonders who will fulfill theprophecy. One by one, men of wealth and power are believed to bethe likeness of the Great Stone Face, but as the years go by each onedisappoints. Ethan begins to believe the prophecy will not befulfilled in his lifetime, until a young child, seeing more deeply thanall the rest, reveals the truth . . .
Gary Schmidt's retelling of this classic story by NathanielHawthorne is a moving look at the nature of goodness and a lifewell-lived. And Bill Farnsworth has beautifully captured theperiod and the tale's New England setting with images in thetradition of the Golden Age of Illustration.