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First Fire, A Cherokee Folk Tale

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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 folktale. 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. 
  • 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

About The Author

Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before -leaving it all behind- for the freelance world of illustrating children's books. Through illustrating The First Fire, Sherry remembers her own ancestor, Na Ni, a Cherokee woman from the mountains of North Carolina. Some of Sherry's other Arbordale titles include The Penguin Lady, Ten for Me, Hey Diddle Diddle, Newton and Me, Moose and Magpie, Paws, Claws, Hands & Feet, and The Deductive Detective; as well as her award-winning titles: Sort It Out!, Kersplatypus, Burro's Tortillas, and If You Were a Parrot. Sherry lives in Northern California with her family and their pets