'An uplifting lightness of touch in the story-telling and a luminous intensity of colour in the illustrations.'
The Fire Children: A West African Folk Taleby Eric Maddern (Retold by), Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
The first man and woman are lonely. What to do? They decide to fashion children out of clay. As they are baking the little figures in their fire, they're constantly interrupted by visits from the sky-god, Nyame. As a result, some of the children are pale and underdone, some are left in so long that they come out very dark, and the rest are every shade between. Frané Lessac’s gorgeous gouache paintings, inspired by West African masks and pottery, and Eric Maddern’s vivid text make this one of the most compelling of creation myths for young readers.
- Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Eric Maddern studied sociology and psychology at Sheffield University, then spent 10 years travelling around the world. He now performs all over the country as a storyteller and folk singer, and he has built a roundhouse in the grounds of his home, where he holds storytelling events. He lives in Gwnyedd, Wales.Eric's books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Earth Story and Life Story, Fire Children, The King with Horse's Ears, Spirit of the Forest, Rainbow Bird, The King and the Seed and Curious Clownfish.Frané Lessac is an internationally known American artist who has exhibited her paintings in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. From film school in California she went on to study Caribbean culture on the island of Monserrat. She has worked on many children's projects to date.
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Sweet book and story. As a fifth grade teacher, I am always looking for high interest books to add to my classroom library. I currently teach on an Indian reservation and their culture stories and legends are ones they hear every day and I love to introduce them to other cultural legends and myths. This is an sweet story explaining why we are different. The discussion this book cultivates is a must!
This book is a really good book to read . They made it beautifully colorful because the children are in all different colors. The spirit people did a good job making beautiful children.