Firedancers

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"What is it, Noko?" Grandmother does not answer. Somehow, I feel that we are being watched and she knows what is there. "I will go and see what it might be." And then I add, "I'll be careful."

Although I try to sound brave, I don't want to go into the dark corner where the fire does not glow. I remind myself that I have been in the woods many times and was never afraid before. I walk toward the huge white pine that hides what could be there. Again, I feel a wind tapping my back....

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Overview

"What is it, Noko?" Grandmother does not answer. Somehow, I feel that we are being watched and she knows what is there. "I will go and see what it might be." And then I add, "I'll be careful."

Although I try to sound brave, I don't want to go into the dark corner where the fire does not glow. I remind myself that I have been in the woods many times and was never afraid before. I walk toward the huge white pine that hides what could be there. Again, I feel a wind tapping my back. I look behind me. There is nothing.

As night sets in and the fire crackles, a young native girl is amazed when he grandmother invokes the spirits of their ancestors. She learn the mystical firedance and creates a bond with her people and their heritage that will last a lifetime.

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Children's Literature
Gorgeous paintings enrich this simple yet captivating tale based on Native American folklore. On a brisk autumn evening, a little girl, Fast One, and her grandmother, Noko, set out on an old motorboat to Smooth Rock Island. Though she has visited the island many times before, this is the little girl's first nocturnal visit, and she senses that it is a special night. They hike to a clearing where the girl builds a fire. Noko tells the girl how, in days of old, their ancestors danced and sang around the fire. As the flames loom larger, Noko and the little girl begin to see shapes in the smoky air. Together they share the vision, in communion with those who have passed this way before them. 1999, Stoddart Kids, $14.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773731387
  • Publisher: Stoddart Kids
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 26
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    Journey back in Time

    A story filled with suspense, intrigue, adventure and love between generations past and present. A little girl who helps her grandmother walk in the forest is filled with respect for everything around her and learns wisdom from her grandparents and animals. A riveting tale for all children to expereince life in the forest.

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