Synopses & Reviews
The first man and woman are lonely. What to do? They decide to fashion children out of clay. As they are baking the little figures in their fire, they're constantly interrupted by visits from the sky-god, Nyame. As a result, some of the children are pale and underdone, some are left in so long that they come out very dark, and the rest are every shade between. Frané Lessacs gorgeous gouache paintings, inspired by West African masks and pottery, and Eric Madderns vivid text make this one of the most compelling of creation myths for young readers.
Long ago, when two spirit people tumbled down to Earth, they wanted company. So, they made little clay shapes in a rainbow of lovely colors--the "fire children"--the ancestors of everyone now living on Earth. Full color.