The Boy of the Painted Cave (Paperback)

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JUNE 2012

My teacher suggested this and she was right on! I really like this book.
The exciting story was about a boy with artisitic talent that was cast
out from his tribe because drawing and art was taboo. The boy, Tao,
befriends a wolf and then is befriended by a wandering shaman. There was
lots of action but also interesting descriptions about the people. I
would recommend it to my friends and to anyone interested in adventure.

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— Joseph


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.

About the Author

Justin Denzel has been intrigued with history and caves for many years. As a young man he worked at the American Museum of Natural History, where he studied prehistoric cultures. Later, while training for the Army in the days before World War II, he explored the mammoth underground caves of Tennessee.

Mr. Denzel's first professional writing experience came in Alaska, where he wrote and edited a periodical, The Alaskan. During World War II he wrote for Nature magazine and for Stars and Stripes.

Mr. Denzel is the author of many books for young readers, including the well-loved Boy of the Painted Cave, published in 1988 by Philomel. He lives in Clifton, New Jersey, with his wife, Josephine.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780698113770
ISBN-10: 0698113772
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: April 16th, 1996
Pages: 160
Language: English