By B. Grossman, N. Conkle, N. Swanberg, L. Anderson
A kid's heritage of historic Irish artwork, with droll Celtic humans and animals admist historic mazes and styles. From eighth and ninth century artifacts and the Books of Durrow and Kells.
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Click here. 16 Y ou are standing in long grass. A rolling yellow plain sweeps down toward a broad lake, still and quiet beneath a tropical sun. Beyond the lake a gentle-sided volcano reaches up, smoke pluming from the top. Here and there on the plain, umbrella-shaped thorn trees stand in their pools of shadow. The place is so obviously Africa that you expect to see herds of zebra and wildebeest winding their way down to the lake. Instead you see a number of animals that are quite unknown to you.
You realize that fire was not a single invention; it must have been discovered several times and used by people all over the world. Now they are cutting up the dead animals with stone blades and cooking the meat on a number of fires. After the cooked meat is dis- 21 tributed, the great hunting party splits up into small groups, which wander away in different directions. The men you have seen must belong to many different groups that have come together just to tackle this elephant herd. They must have expected the herd to migrate through this valley at just this time and planned their attack beforehand.
The young man looks at it, looks at you, and then back at the drawing. It is no good. He has no idea what you are doing. Drawing is totally unknown to him. 24 It will be tens of thousands of years before any sort of art develops. But at least his tribe has mastered the use of fire. The young man runs toward the main group. The man with light hair stands up to welcome him. Then you notice that the older man has horribly disfiguring scars up his arms and legs. They have learned to use fire, but the learning has been difficult and painful.
A Coloring Book of Ancient Ireland by B. Grossman, N. Conkle, N. Swanberg, L. Anderson