RAINBOW BIRD by Eric Maddern


An Aboriginal Folktale from Northern Australia
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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 From the adapter of The Fire Children (p. 788), a tale that explains how man came to possess fire. A drab but determined parrot snatches a firestick from Crocodile Man, its sole owner, while he's sleeping; the magnanimous bird flies ``around the country putting Fire into the heart of every tree'' so that people can make fire from dry wood. In the process, she becomes rainbow-colored, as she is today. A simple story, tightly told, and best read aloud to savor its sounds and rhythms. As in Hadithi's Baby Baboon (p. 661), Kennaway's paintings are brilliantly colored, dramatic, large, and clear--ideal for use with groups. Close inspection is rewarding, too, revealing termite mounds in the bare red soil and little green ants busy in the branches of a tree. There hasn't been a scarier crocodile since the one that ate Captain Hook. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-316-54314-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1993


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