The Story of the First Flute
Based on an ancient Cherokee Legend as told by Hawk Hurst
Illustrated by Lindley Sharp
This is the fanciful, yet poignant tale of a boy who finds himself in trouble, time and time again. No matter what he tries to do, life somehow ends up going dreadfully awry. Finally, disheartened, and unable to find his true gift or purpose in life, he seeks refuge in the forest. The charming creatures living in the forest take notice of his plight, offering him a unique and special gift, a gift that enables him to understand, and become, who he truly is.
Gently and humorously written, this Cherokee legend speaks simply and beautifully to the heart of the child in each of us. We are reminded that we each have something of special importance to share with all whom we meet. The imagery and style found in The Story of the First Flute evokes an earlier time when people listened, eager and wide eyed, to the oral tales passed down from generation to generation.
Lindley Sharp’s distinctive and original woodcut designs perfectly illustrate and compliment this heart-warming story.