Boy of the Painted Cave

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Boy of the Painted Cave
Author: Denzel, Justin
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Time Period: Prehistory
Time Frame: 20,000 BCE
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: France
Topics: Stone Age
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1988


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Tao is an outcast. Unlike the great hunters of his clan, Tao does not want to kill the wild bears or woolly mammoths of the hunt. Instead he wants only to paint them. But only Chosen Ones can be cave painters. What's more, Volt, the clan leader, violently despises Tao. And when the other clan members discover Tao's secret talent, they cast him out into the wilderness alone. There, he befriends a wild wolf dog named Ram, and the mysterious Graybeard, who teaches him the true secret of the hunt.

Emily's Review

I really liked this story about a boy finding his place in his society. It has a great message about following your dreams, even if other people tell you that you can't. I loved the information about cave art and how cave painter were revered as well. The bond between a boy and his dog was also a lovely element of the story.

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