First Light, First Life by Paul Fleischman
  

Synopsis

First Light, First Life by Paul Fleischman

In the beginning there was only darkness...There was fire and ice...There was a single drop of milk. Combining elements of the creation story from different traditions, this narrative weaves together one complete picture of how the world began. It is a celebration of the many and varied peoples of the earth, of their commonalities and their differences. It is a celebration of life.

Reviews

expertly weaving together elements from global creation myths to highlight their surprisingly similar story lines . . . Humankind really is one family, Fleischman suggests. Publishers Weekly, starred review, on First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story

Bright, golden folkloric artwork, swirling with stars and mystery . . . From to great floods to great fires, the world is made new again and Fleischman and Paschkis use words and pictures to show us the commonalities between cultures, condensing them into one fluid telling. . . . Let s hope they continue to elaborate on the stories our diverse world shares. Booklist, starred review, on First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story

In this multicultural mashup, the duo behind Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella (2007) weaves a wonderfully chaotic creation story . . . . this wide canvas amazes. An origin tale as messy as humans can be. Kirkus Reviews on First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation StoryGlass Slipper, Gold Sandal

Endings don't get any happier than in this global tour de force. -School Library Journal, starred review

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido

This is a celebration in text and art of words, of language, and of the spaces between and their possibilities. . . . Kids will savor it however they meet it. -The Bulletin, starred review

Paschkis shows herself to be a sensitive observer of the animal kingdom, as well as of language itself, finding humor, eccentricities, and unexpected connections in both. -Publishers Weekly, starred review



About the Author

Paul Fleischman

As a child: I had an idyllic childhood ten blocks from the Pacific in Santa Monica, California. My two sisters and I had a big house to roam, one that included a telescope, shortwave radio, and a door that opened onto a wall. We also had a hand printing press and all learned to set type and to read backwards, since that's the way type is arranged in the composing stick. I had my own printing business in my teenage years. We also grew up with an author in the house, my father, Sid Fleischman, whose books we were privileged to hear read aloud, chapter by chapter, as they were written. That turned out to be a huge part of my education.

As an adult: I took classes in everything but writing in college -- from astronomy to folkdancing to film history. I took off two years and lived in a colonial-era house in the woods of New England. That experience kindled an interest in history and nature, just as playing recorder in an early-music consort there awakened me to the joys of chamber music. Many of the books I've written since have come out of those interests, from historical fiction to poems for multiple voices. After living in many parts of the U.S., I'm now a short distance from Monterey, California, where I was born.

As an artist: I like variety, and have written in just about every genre, from the wordless book to opera. I like to feel fresh ground under my feet and am drawn to new types of books: using newspaper clippings with text (Dateline: Troy), writing for consorts (Big Talk), bridging prose and plays (Seek and Breakout). The sound of the human voice excites me, and the idea of bringing people together. I often write books that lend themselves to performance, scaled not for the theatre, but for the living room -- where my father read his books.

Things you didn't know about Paul Fleischman:

1. I joined fifteen other writers and artists in a book devoted to the letter "a.".
2. I have a border collie named Jingo.
3. My high school friends and I had an alternate world a bit like Weslandia, complete with an invented sport called Skrugby and our own underground school newspaper.
4. Some of those friends successfully stole the copy of Gainsborough's The Blue Boy from our high school library and held it for ransom.
5. As no staff members noticed, we had to print a story on the theft in our newspaper.
6. Writers need a day job when they're starting out. My first one was as a bagel baker.
7. I rode a bicycle from Los Angeles to Vancouver when I was 19.
8. In my teens and twenties my handwriting was so small that I could fit four or five lines between the lines on a page of notebook paper.
9. For several years I hosted a party in which we competed in reading the worst passages from Christmas newsletters we'd received. Medals were given.
10. I have frequent daydreams in which Beethoven returns to the present and I am his guide.

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Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Paul Fleischman
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Author's Website

www.paulfleischman.net/

Publisher

Publication date

27th September 2016

ISBN

9781627791014


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