Stories for a Fragile Planet

Stories for a Fragile Planet : Traditional Tales About Caring for the Earth

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An author and poet, welcomed for his reflective and thought-provoking style, retells 10 stories from different cultures - from around the world and through the ages - which each highlight the importance of taking care of the world. These stories - 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 short, all more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 218 x 260 x 16mm | 480.81g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Children's Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Colour Artwork
  • 0745961576
  • 9780745961576
  • 235,522

About Jane Ray

KENNETH STEVEN writes poetry and fiction for children and adults, as well as for broadcast, for which has has received a Sony Radio Award. JANE RAY is a renowned children's book illustrator who has worked with Michael Rosen, Jeanette Winterson and Vikrem Seth. She is a Smarties Award winner and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal on 5 more

Review quote

"This beautifully illustrated book brings together stories from around the world and across the centuries. The common theme is caring for our beautiful planet. The inclusion of stories from countries such as Greenland and South America make this book stand out from other collections. Many of the stories show how much we can learn from the animals. Jane Ray's wonderful illustrations really capture the essence of each story and make this a book to treasure." Jane Ray's exquisite illustrations in jewel-like bright watercolours and inks are sometimes enclosed with decorative borders, sometimes vignettes. Her palette reflects the landscape of each tale - airy greys and browns for Greenland; blues and yellows for Africa - enhancing the sense of wonder and pleasure that will be experienced by young readers as they travel from one part of the earth to another. Ray's landscapes are sometimes reminiscent of Mughal paintings with their stylised deer and undulating hills. A handsome production." Books for Keeps The stories are all written by Kenneth Steven who seems to have a natural simplicity with his storytelling which I find quite compelling. He doesn't lecture or make judgements but simply leaves the readers to draw their own conclusions. The stories are all accompanied by some gorgeous illustrations from Jane Ray. The combination of the wonderful stories with the lovely pictures make this a most attractive anthology that is likely to appeal to many children either as a book to be shared or to be read alone.A" more

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9 ratings
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