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Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale of How Fire Came to the People

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Inspired by a legend of the Karuk people, the story of how Coyote captures fire and how Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear and others work together to help is a dramatic tale of bravery and cooperation.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Chronicle Books (first published 1993)
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Rosa Cline
Oct 11, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
This was a very nicely retelling of a folktale story of how the fire came to the animal people. When the only one who had fire was the yellowjacket and every one else was cold and ate cold food. Back years ago stories were told and retold for generations and Mr London collaborated with Karuk tribe and retold this story from them.
Becky
Jun 26, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommended to Becky by: Elayne
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I think the author should be Lanny Pinola. This book was recommended by the librarian at the Native American special library that is part of Fort Lewis College. (Robert Delaney Research Library) (The librarian is a Navajo.) I enjoyed reading it with my daughter.
Kath
Jan 26, 2015 Kath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

There are a few versions of how coyote steals fire and this was well very written and filled with great illustrations.
Ruth Ellen
Apr 19, 2013 Ruth Ellen rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to explain how Fire came to the rest of the world.
It was inciteful and entertaining. I liked it very much.
Bonnie
Sep 28, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Karuk Tale about how fire was found and used to live off of. I especially love reading how the yellow jackets got their stripes!
Matthew
Apr 26, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This retelling of the Karuk legend of how fire was stolen from the Yellow Jacket sisters is great for a unit on Native American legends.
Tracy E.
Jan 19, 2015 Tracy E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of cooperation and a mythical explanation of the discovery of fire according to the Karuk people. Very nice illustrations.
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Jonathan London is the author of several celebrated children's books. His commitment to honoring the wonders of the natural world has been lauded by readers and critics alike. He is the author of more than 70 children's books, many of which are about nature. He's also the author of the popular Froggy series. He lives in Graton, California with his wife and two sons.
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