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First Fire Cherokee Folktale | Indigenous Folktales - Alder & Alouette

First Fire, A Cherokee Folktale

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Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You'll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee pourquoi folktaleFirst Fire. A pourquoi is a fictional narrative origin story that explains why something is the way it is.
In this Cherokee origin folktale, earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What will happen to the animals, and to earth, in this fascinating Cherokee tale!
Animals in this endearing book include Hoot Owl, Horned Owl, Racer, Raven, Screech Owl and Water Spider. 

It’s so much more than a picture book...this book is specifically designed to be both a fun ‘to read’ story and a launch pad for discussions and learning. We encourage adults to do the activities with young children, both at home and in the classroom. 

Includes four pages of learning activities and a website address to find more. 
  • First Fire, A Cherokee Folktale
  • Written by Nancy Kelly Allen and illustrated by Sherry Rogers. 
  • Published by Arbordale Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; February 10, 2014. 
  • Ages 4 to 8 years
  • 0.6" H x 10.1" L x 8.8" W (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
  • Hardcover