When a child looks up to find drawings on the ceiling of a cave, she wonders how they were painted. Planets that spin, the birds and the beasts, woman and man—how did the old man in the sky paint it all? Based on the 1879 discovery of ceiling paintings in Spain's Altamira Cave, this imaginative story expresses the awe of contemplating the creation of the world and locating beauty in an unexpected place. Children will revel in this timeless tale with truly breathtaking images.
“In ‘There Was an Old Man' Teri Sloat weaves together disparate elements to great effect.” —Newsday
“Sloat offers a handsome, thought-provoking story…Vitale's vibrant illustrations, in mixed media on board, reference both cave drawings and folk art. Appropriate for a wide audience, this will find its ideal fit with families wishing to impart similar beliefs about Earth's beginnings to their children.” —Booklist
“Fascinating and thought-provoking.” —Kirkus Reviews