From tiny island to vast territory, each of the member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations has a vibrant heritage of storytelling. With a central theme of the air we breathe, this glorious collection brings together a tale or poem from each of the fifty-three countries of the Commonwealth. It complements the other three volumes in the series, with their themes of water, earth and fire that together comprise the four classical elements recognised from ancient times across cultures.

Each entry turns our faces to the sun – whether describing the simple joys of flying a kite or being pushed on a swing so our feet touch the clouds, showing the magnificence of birds soaring across dawn skies or recounting the heavenly adventures of the sun, moon and stars. Together they capture the sense of magic inherent in that space between Earth and sky.

Julie Flett’s intriguing and beautiful illustrations unify these diverse tales and poems and complete a celebration of global storytelling that documents the meandering nature of tales that traverse continents.

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"Jan Pieńkowski's stunning silhouettes bring watery scenes vividly to life"

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