Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun by Jane Kurtz and David Frampton, 1996 first edition.


Written by Jane Kurtz. Woodcut illustration by David Frampton. First edition, 1996. Houghton Mifflin Company.

Based on a folktale preserved from the Inca culture.

"Naupa pacha, once upon a time, in the great city of Cuzco, in the ancient Inca Kingdom of Peru, a prince was born to the Sun King. The baby was adorned with red hummingbird feathers and grew up in a palace surrounded by bright jungle birds and yellow monkeys on golden leashes.

"Around the same time, a girl named Miro was born in an adobe and stone house by a vast grassland where thousands of llamas grazed."

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"Once upon a time, in the kingdom of the Incas, a girl named Miro ran races with her brothers, cared for the llamas, and learned the language of the wild birds. But while Miro grew strong in her mountain home, the prince grew weak in the royal city far away. Only water from a mythical lake could save him, said a healer. But no one could find the lake."

Jane Kurtz is an award-winning author of more than 40 books of fiction and nonfiction, picture books and novels. She was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Ethiopia, where her parents were missionaries. She now does volunteer work helping kids get books in Ethiopia through the nonprofit organization Ethiopia Reads. She is a faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in children's and adult literature. Notable works include Fire on the Mountain, River Friendly River Wild, and The Bone Wars.

David Frampton is a renowned artist who specializes in woodcut illustrations. He has created many books for children and adults, such as The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The First Thanksgiving, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His style is characterized by intricate details, vivid colors, and dynamic compositions. He uses traditional tools and techniques to carve his images on wood blocks, then prints them on paper with a hand-operated press.

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Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; light wear along upper edge; very light soiling on the back; small crease at head of the spine. Embossed red cover boards. Name stamp on front paste down. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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