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Quests for Fire

Tales from Many Lands

by Jon C. Stott, illustrated by Theo Dombrowski

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It is hard to imagine life without fire. Heat, light, food—where would we be without these essentials? Although we do not rely on fire as much today as in times past, nor have as much direct contact with it, fire was often crucial to survival when the stories in this collection were first told. People often told stories about it: what their lives were like without fire, how they first acquired it and how it changed their lives.

 

This collection of nine traditional tales, retold by Jon C. Stott, draws from eight different countries. Learn how Maui stole fire twice (New Zealand), how Coyote and his friends captured fire (United States), how Opossum brought fire back to the people (Mexico) and how Vasilisa used the Baba Yaga’s fire (Russia). The main characters of these stories differ in many aspects. Some are well-known heroes, and some are insignificant members of their groups. Some made their quests for fire alone, and some worked with others. Some were brave and unselfish, and some sought personal glory. But all knew that fire was essential for their people.

About the Authors

Jon C. Stott is a retired professor and the author of more than twenty books, including Beer 101 North: Craft Breweries and Brewpubs of the Washington and Oregon Coasts, and Beer Quest West. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico but frequently visits his hometown, Victoria, BC.

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A writer, photographer and artist, Theo Dombrowski studied drawing and painting at the Banff School of Fine Arts and in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Victoria. Before retiring, he was a teacher in international education, primarily at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific near Victoria, BC. Theo donates some of his proceeds from the Secret Beaches books to the BC environmental group the Georgia Strait Alliance and to the international humanitarian support group Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He lives near Nanaimo, BC.

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Quests for Fire: Tales From Many Lands

This carefully researched collection of nine hero legends are from Canada, USA, Mexico, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Benin and Greece. Coyote and Nanabozho are the main characters in two stories set in Canadian regions. The lively language of the oral traditions results in fluent, adventurous read-aloud tales of survival and culture. Each story is enhanced with expressive illustrations in fire-themed oranges and greys. A useful glossary explains key words from the languages of each country, such as skookum, Baba Yaga and mesa.

Stott is a retired English professor well known for his children’s literature workshops for educators. He has also written A Book of Tricksters: Tales from Many Lands.

Caution: The Greek myth about Prometheus presents the gruesome attack by an eagle on his liver, as a punishment from Zeus.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Quests for Fire: Tales From Many Lands

This carefully researched collection of nine hero legends are from Canada, USA, Mexico, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Benin and Greece. Coyote and Nanabozho are the main characters in two stories set in Canadian regions. The lively language of the oral traditions results in fluent, adventurous read-aloud tales of survival and culture. Each story is enhanced with expressive illustrations in fire-themed oranges and greys. A useful glossary explains key words from the languages of each country, such as skookum, Baba Yaga and mesa.

Stott is a retired English professor well known for his children’s literature workshops for educators. He has also written A Book of Tricksters: Tales from Many Lands.

Caution: The Greek myth about Prometheus presents the gruesome attack by an eagle on his liver, as a punishment from Zeus.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Quests for Fire: Tales from Many Lands

This carefully researched collection of nine hero legends are from Canada, USA, Mexico, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Benin and Greece. Coyote and Nanabozho are the main characters in two stories set in Canadian regions. The lively language of the oral traditions results in fluent, adventurous read-aloud tales of survival and culture. Each story is enhanced with expressive illustrations in fire-themed oranges and greys. A useful glossary explains key words from the languages of each country, such as skookum, Baba Yaga and mesa.

Stott is a retired English professor well known for his children’s literature workshops for educators. He has also written A Book of Tricksters: Tales from Many Lands.

Caution: The Greek myth about Prometheus presents the gruesome attack by an eagle on his liver, as a punishment from Zeus.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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