Tuesday, September 14, 2010


THE SECRET CAVE: DISCOVERING LASCAUX, by Emily Arnold McCully (FSG 2010)(ages 6-9). Almost exactly seventy years ago, four boys stumbled upon one of the cultural treasures of the world: the Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux.

THE SECRET CAVE provides a fictionalized account of that discovery - four boys, seeking hidden treasure, find a hidden cave and go exploring...But how will they keep their find a secret?

Story and art are intriguing and suitably evocative: the brightness of the French countryside is contrasted nicely with the mysterious darkness of the caves, and scope of the Paleolithic art is merely hinted at. An excellent introduction to human prehistory.

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