Yosemite Conservancy Fire Shapes the World Yosemite Conservancy Fire Shapes the World
Yosemite Conservancy Fire Shapes the World Yosemite Conservancy Fire Shapes the World

Fire Shapes the World

By Joanna Cooke


Publication Date: April 18, 2023

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Ages 4 to 8

Life as we know it evolved with fire; there is no us without it.

With lyrical text grounded in the latest research, this picture book shares the primal connection between all living things and fire. Children will grasp that fire is basic and powerful; that it has the capability to both destroy and create; that everything they know in the world has evolved with fire.

There is comfort in understanding the natural processes taking place all around us. By learning the story of fire and how it has changed this planet, this book also addresses the question: Can people adapt to an increasingly fire-prone environment? This answer is: Yes. Because we always have. While fire is to be respected, with proper care and thoughtful planning, it can be a benefit to Earth. We can learn from the past to help create our future. Through understanding, we will thrive. FIRE SHAPES THE WORLD is an encouraging springboard for conversation illuminated by breathtaking paintings, and it will allow children to explore their connection to this most elemental agent of change.

About the Author

Joanna Cooke is a writer who spent ten years living in the Sierra Nevada, working as an environmental educator and National Park Service Ranger in Yosemite National Park. She lives in Jackson, Wyoming, and this is her third book.Cornelia Li's work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The AOI, 3x3 Illustration, National Magazine Award, and more. She has illustrated many works of nonfiction for children and lives in Toronto.Diana Renzina's hometown is Riga, Latvia, an inspiring mix of cobbled streets, pine forests, cold sea, and Art Nouveau architecture. She enjoys taking photos, dancing tango, listening to music, and reading books. This is her North American illustration debut.

Format: Hardcover with printed dust jacket

Length: 34 pages

Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy

Publication Date: April 18, 2023

ISBN: 9781951179137

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