Thursday, January 09, 2014

Reader's Diary #1079- Pat Braden (writer), Terry Pamplin (illustrator): From the Fire

Pat Braden is a bit of a local legend. Well-known, respected, talented. The stories in From the Fire were originally created as bedtime stories for his daughters. I add these facts as a bit of a disclaimer. My thoughts on this book will be somewhat reserved.

Still I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the many typos. From the Fire was self-published, and unfortunately it shows. (The most egregious to me was the consistent use of it's for its.) Still, if you're not a stickler for such things, the intended meaning behind the words is not lost. I also found some of the prose to be quite purple (which I find to be a purple phrase in itself). For instance,
In the growing season, the day begins with a healing, cleansing rain until the morning sun wipes away the mists into the bluest of skies of a new day. 

From the Fire consists of 6 stories, fables essentially, about a songbird, buffalo, wolves, musk ox, and a beluga. There are a few morals to take away but the predominate theme to me was of perseverance. The innocence of the animals, Terry Pamlin's simple but stylistic line drawings, the wholesome messages; a parent and child could do far worse than these tales.

From the Fire also comes with a CD with audio recordings of the stories narrated by other notable locals and with a soundtrack composed by Pat Braden himself.

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