More wildfires leap from nowhere into our psyche and wrench our lives and those of our children. Wildfire is a riveting spectacle of smoke and wind with the chaos of flames and disaster. These three stories provide perspective for young people caught up in wildfire. Use them to begin the healing process. More
Santa Barbara Fire Song: Three stories of wild fire.
In Santa Barbara as across the west, people live with more and more wildfire. These three stories provide perspective for young people caught up in wildfire. They build from the fairy tale “Black Belly Frog and the Fire” with an assault of the sudden discovery of rushing fire and the loss of home and threat to life. In “Gel’s Ants” a budding entomologist makes discoveries far beyond the harvester ants she is investigating that provides new leads on who started a terrible community-fire. “Canyon Fire” comes back to the moment of escaping the fast moving wildfire and the awful guilt of the accidental arsonist. Each story is a window into the experience for different aged young people who have been near wildfires and had their worlds shaken in the process.
Dennis is a naturalist and who resides on the mountain above Santa Barbara, CA. His love for sharing nature with children extends from guiding field trips to books. Profits from all book sales go to NatureTrack.org.
on April 17, 2012 :
Having lived in Santa Barbara for most of my life, I have personally experienced many 'fire storms.' I loved the concept behind each of these stories and how there is a tie in from one story to another.
As a teacher, I have looked for ways to help students deal with natural disasters and open up conversations around the various topics. I see this series of stories as being a great way to begin those conversations!