This is a challenging, important and highly readable book, which brings alive the human voices behind a major environmental tragedy. It will take children on a fascinating journey to meet some of the peoples who live in the world's disappearing rain forests. Readers will share their traditional stories, absorbing many new ideas about the natural world, their fellow human beings – and even about themselves. They will travel to the Amazon to hear about the mysterious transformations of Jaguar-Man; and then to central Africa to discover what happened when the Most Beautiful Song in the Forest was destroyed. The book also contains a wealth of factual information about the original forest peoples' ways of life.
Author of 60 books published in 22 countries with several bestsellers, working for many top publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Cambridge University Press, Penguin Children's Books and The British Museum.
I've been collecting, working with and retelling Myths, Legends, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from around the world for nearly 30 years, and have a wide knowledge of such stories that few can rival. My latest books are published by the National Trust: 'ENGLISH FAIRY TALES AND LEGENDS', 'ARTHURIAN LEGENDS' and 'FAERIES, ELVES AND GOBLINS: THE OLD STORIES'. To find out more, please visit www.workingwithmythsandfairytales.blogspot.co.uk
I also write children's fiction. My current historical series, GRIM GRUESOME VIKING VILLAIN is for 7 - 11 year olds. It's received lots of critical acclaim, two award listings and was compared in 'The Times' to Roald Dahl. Do please visit the official website, www.grimgruesome.com - full of fascinating downloads and activities for children, schools and book groups.
My other best known children's novels are the Japanese-award winning WHO EVER HEARD OF A VEGETARIAN FOX? which sold over 100,000 copies worldwide; and THE SEA IS SINGING which was a TES Book of the Year and dramatised several times on BBC Radio. My retelling of 'KING ARTHUR' for children sold ¼ million copies worldwide.
I live deep in the wild hill country of the Northumberland National Park.