Stories for a Fragile Planet
Traditional Tales About Caring for the Earth
Publication Date: May 2011
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Ten sumptuously illustrated stories from different cultures highlight the importance of taking care of the world Sourced from around the world and through the ages, this is a collection of world stories that each reflect humanity's need to take care of the world that sustains them. Tales from ancient Greece, the Far East, the Celts, Africa, Greenland, Russia, China, Japan, South America, and ancient Israel afford wonderful opportunities for Jane Ray's paradisiacal paintings of trees and flowers, animals and birdsin short, all creation. With a theme combining tradition with contemporary urgency, children will gain knowledge of other cultures that share their planet, while enjoying the evocative words and astonishing pictures.
Kenneth Steven is the author of The Bearer of Gifts, The Biggest Thing in the World, and The Sea Mice and the Stars. Jane Ray is a renowned children's book illustrator who has worked with Michael Rosen, Jeanette Winterson, and Vikrem Seth, and authored The Apple-Pip Princess and Snow White. She is a Smarties Award winner, has been shortlisted five times for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and was hailed as "one of the most luminous illustrators at work today" by an Economist reviewer.
"Beautifully designed the illustrations feature crisp, clear, jewel-like colors in a primitive style, which neatly matches the excellent storytelling of the text. A welcome addition to world tale shelves"Booklist