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Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale of How Fire Came to the People
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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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.
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.
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.More about Jonathan London...