Children's LiteratureLong, long ago, Dog and Wolf were friends. One cold night as they sat shivering in the forest they noticed how cozy the people looked around their warm campfire. They thought if they had fire, their lives would be so much better. Figuring that the people would not miss one little spark, Dog decided to go steal some fire and bring it back to Wolf and the other animals. Dog tried to creep into the camp unnoticed, but he was spotted by the people. Instead of chasing him away, however, they fed him and gave him a warm bed by the fire. Dog liked living among the people and forgot all about stealing the fire. Dog never returned to his friends in the forest and that is why, to this day, animals do not have fire. Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, a husband and wife storytelling team, have based Dog and Wolf's tale on a legend told by the Coeur d'Alene Indians. The text is written in that storytelling mode so that the reader feels as if he is sitting around a campfire listening to one of the tribal elders recite the story. MacDonald's illustrations of the Coeur d'Alene Indians in their ceremonial dress help to enhance that illusion. Included in the back are tips on how readers can retell the story in their own words, just as the professional storytellers do. 2006, Richard C. Owen Publishers, Ages 5 to 8.