Dan Yaccarino is the author and illustrator of this wonderful volume that is aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 8. He has more than 30 children's books to his credit. In this edifying and colorful book, he imagines how a story might explain its long history.

Human beings have shared stories from talking around a campfire to reading e-books. Stories have been painted on walls, carved into clay tablets, written on papyrus, printed with ink and woodblocks, and woven into tapestries. Monks have copied them into big books to illuminate minds. And after the invention of the printing press, stories had many more manifestations.

People love living in a storied world — that is why they have consistently found new ways of telling and sharing stories. They are acted out on stage, read in both private and public libraries, and viewed on screens that can be carried around wherever we go. Stories touch our emotions and make us happy, sad, excited or scared. They have been banned but did not die. And they have inspired people all over the world.

So when you read, tell, see, or hear a story, be sure to give thanks for these resources and spurs to becoming wiser and more loving individuals. Then think about the ways in which you are a story.