An original fable describes how humankind came to live peacefully with the animal world and its kingdoms in the sky, earth, and sea, and demonstrates how the power of storytelling can promote understanding and friendship.
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Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers has received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He is the author of two Newbery Honor Books and five Coretta Scott King Awardees. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and is a three-time National Book Award Finalist as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was the 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people. Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.
Ashley Bryan's numerous awards and honors include the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, six Coretta Scott King Honors, the Arbuthnot Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He illustrated The Story of the Three Kingdoms by Walter Dean Myers, A Nest Full of Stars by James Berry, and How God Fix Jonah by Lorenz Graham. He also wrote and illustrated Beautiful Blackbird and All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. Mr. Bryan studied at Cooper Union in New York City and earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University. He lives in Isleford, Maine.From Publishers Weekly:
Myers (Brown Angels) and Bryan (Sing to the Sun) make a dynamite team. Here, the hot colors, sweeping lines and stylized figures that characterize Bryan's art form a bold backdrop for the author's equally dramatic original fable. Long ago, Myers writes, the world was divided into three kingdoms: earth, ruled by Elephant; sea, ruled by Shark; and air, ruled by Hawk. The three quarrel mightily as to who is greatest, and they laugh at the People, who, they say, exist only to do their bidding. With time, the People outwit the haughty trio by learning from the stories they tell around the fire at night. The tale of a child catching a butterfly at rest, for instance, sparks a plan to capture Hawk in the baobab tree. In the end, the People realize they have the greatest power of all: "the gift of story and the wisdom it brings." Using repetition and a stately cadence, Myers invests his prose with a timeless air; together, he and Bryan provide for a memorable read-aloud experience. Ages 6-9.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Long ago, Elephant ruled the forest, Shark ruled the sea, and Hawk ruled the sky, until the People discovered a unique power that enabled them to dominate the other creatures. Former library book. Mylar protector included. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 123507551
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Book Description HarperCollins, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Bryan, Ashley (illustrator). First Edition First Printing. A "mesmerizing original fable about the three kingdoms of the earth.ruled by the giant Elephant.the powerful Shark.& the fierce Hawk." Unpaginated, with beautiful jewel-tone paintings by Ashley Bryan to illustrate the compelling story. A FIRST EDITION, First Printing (with full number line), this hardcover has bright green shiny boards with gilt embossed animals on center of front cover & gilt lettering on spine. It is in Fine condition: completely clean, white pages, bright colors, binding tight & square. NO writing, highlighting, or underlining; NOT ex-lib. Truly flawless! Unclipped DJ (with price at bottom front flap) is Near Fine: would be Fine save for a few creases to both flaps. Outside, it looks perfect, beautifully protected in new mylar cover. Guaranteed gift-giving quality!Please see our photos! Description & photos copyright Gargoyle Books 2017. Same Day Shipping on all orders received Weekdays by 2 pm (Pacific time); Weekends & holidays ship next business day. Bookseller Inventory # 008432