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five little fiends


From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 03 2003 - 07:07:45 PST

Five Little Fiends
by Sarah Dyer

A friend went to a workshop at a conference on interdisciplinary activities
- the presenters used this book as an opener - maybe someone may be able to
use it somewhere down the line -
On a lovely plain far away sit five statues, each with a squat red fiend who
lives inside. The fiends marvel at the world outside their stony
encasements: the beautiful sky, the land, the sea, the sun, and the moon. So
one day they decide to squirrel away their favorite pieces of the universe
inside their statues. Sure, it is fun at first, but they soon realize that
their prizes, once isolated, just aren't the same--the sun can't stay up
without the sky, the sky is invisible without the land, the sea can't flow
without the pull of the moon... In the end, they put their fiendy heads
together and decide to put everything back. Sarah Dyer's simple story about
appreciating the universe and its harmonious web was first published in
England and awarded the Bronze Medal in the 2001 Smarties Book Prize.
Youngsters will love the idea of these Maurice Sendak-style monsters living
inside the rocks, and Dyer's gorgeous cross-section glimpses are perfectly
enchanting. Her depictions of a fiend rolling up the sky like a piece of
paper or catching the moon in a big butterfly net are wonderfully clever and
sure to charm both children and adults alike. A future classic, perhaps?
(Ages 2 to 5) --Karin Snelson