Fire Race

Jonathan London, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Jonathan London, Retold by
Jonathan London, Author, Chronicle Books, Author, Jonathan London, Retold by Chronicle Books $13.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8118-0241-3
Reviewed on: 03/01/1993
Release date: 03/01/1993
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-8118-1488-1
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In this gracefully narrated, arrestingly illustrated myth originating from the Karuk people of Northwest California, the animals have no fire to keep them warm. Wise old Coyote devises a plan to steal the fire that the miserly Yellow Jacket sisters guard in their mountaintop home. Using his renowned skill as trickster, Coyote manages to purloin a burning piece of oak. Though the evil sisters follow in pursuit, Coyote and the other animals execute a flawless relay, transporting the ember back to their home ground, where a willow tree swallows it. Clever Coyote once again solves the dilemma, showing how to get fire from the willow by rubbing two of its branches together. London's tale unravels seamlessly, subtly revealing the diverse personalities of the animals and the merits of working together. As in other books she has illustrated ( Ten Little Rabbits ; The Most Timid in the Land ), Long creates impressively realistic animal characters with an inventive measure of whimsy: Mountain Lion and Bear sport traditional Karuk necklaces and Coyote wears a woven cap and bearskin. This spirited Native American legend is in good hands. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
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