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A Sizzling History of Fire

50 Questions series

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Best Bets List for Children, Ontario Library Association Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Science in Society Book Award finalist

If we took time to examine the flames in our world—fires that have built civilizations, sparked entire religions, and literally changed the surface of the Earth—can you imagine how many questions we would have? The 50 questions in this book may be just the beginning, but they will intrigue and excite young readers. From the question of “Who’s for dinner?” (before mastering fire, humans were more likely to be prey than predators), to “Who were the first firefighters?” (Romans over 2,000 years ago), to “Why don’t firewalkers get toasted feet?” (theories abound, but no one knows for certain), the amazing answers reveal the crucial role fire has played for millennia. With a humorous touch (“Who was the first hairy potter?”), Tanya Lloyd Kyi presents fascinating facts alongside innovative activities for kids, like sending breath through a glass jar and playing spy games with a flashlight. Each sidebar turns up the heat on the subject, while comical illustrations make for a fun and fiery visual presentation.


“Asks a number of very thought-provoking questions . . . wherever it is purchased for, it is sure to have someone reading it.”
—Resource Links, 06/10

“Will be very well received by young readers seeking a light-hearted and information-packed look at a fascinating subject.”
—Quill & Quire, 03/10

“The sense of humour, compelling information, short readable pieces and catchy headings make this a pleasure for reading straight through or for casual browsing.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/11

“[A] lighthearted, informative look at a fascinating subject . . . Accessibly written and appealingly designed.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 08/10

”Author Tanya Lloyd Kyi is matchless when it comes to teaching kids about fire, its uses and its abuses.”
—Cape Cod Times, 08/22/10

“This is the perfect book for inquisitive kids who might like to either read it from cover to cover or just dabble around in topics of interest. Highly recommended.”
—CM Reviews, 06/10

“A fun and informative book for anyone fascinated by fire, which means pretty much everyone.”
—Booklist, 12/10