The Fire Children


Listen to the story:

‘The Fire Children’ adapted by Eric Maddern, illustrated by Frané Lessac

theme: a West African folk tale

The first man and woman are lonely. What to do? They decide to fashion children out of clay. As they are baking the little figures in their fire, they’re constantly interrupted by visits from the sky-god, Nyame. As a result, some of the children are pale and underdone, some are left in so long that they come out very dark, and the rest are every shade between.

* Made by Mr Knight’s year 5 class 2003.