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The fire children
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The fire children: a West African folk tale

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847806529

Publication Date: 7 May 2015

Subject: Folk tales

Suitable for: Primary

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A creation myth from West African, which explains why humans have different skin colours.

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A creation myth from West African, which explains why humans have different skin colours.

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.

Frane 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.

New edition of a popular title, with a brand new cover

Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 1994.

Category
JNF
Subject
Folk tales
Dewey
398.21
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Full colour illus throughout
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7 May 2015
Edition
New Cover Reprint
ISBN
9781847806529
Binding
Stitched
Pages
32
Width
214mm
Height
270mm
Weight
165g
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