From tiny island to vast territory, each of the member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations has a vibrant heritage of storytelling. With a central theme of fire, this glorious collection brings together a tale or poem from each of the fifty-three countries of the Commonwealth. It complements the other three volumes in the series, with their themes of water, earth, and air that together comprise the four classical elements recognised from ancient times across cultures.

Each entry sizzles with its own energy – whether relating the genesis of the sun or the origins of smoke, recounting the adventures of warriors dancing on hot coals or the bravery of heroes stealing fire from the gods. Together they are testament to the awe-inspiring power of fire across cultures and our enduring fascination with this most dangerous of elements.

Emma Butler’s gorgeous illustrations unify these diverse tales and poems and complete a celebration of global storytelling that documents the meandering nature of tales that traverse continents.


Longlisted for the north somerset teachers' book award quality fiction category
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"A richly valuable and incredibly useful resource for schools."

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