Everything you need to understand or teach The Court of the Stone Children by Eleanor Cameron.
The Court of the Stone Children addresses philosophical questions, such as the nature of time and reality, that have occupied thinkers through the ages. It is also a lively, entertaining story that presents its thought-provoking ideas clearly and concretely, in a simple, readable style that never "talks down" to the reader.
On the one hand, there is a fascinating two hundred-year-old murder mystery to be solved. Clues are found in dreams, in an old diary, and in paintings which which intrigues Nina because she loves the feeling of the past which museums evoke.
Visiting the museum, Nina meets Dominique (Domi), a spirit-girl who lived in France during the time of Napoleon and whose family home has been moved to San Francisco to become this museum. Nina learns that Domi had been told in a dream during her own show scenes of the life of an eighteenth-century French family. The...