The Stolen Sun

Song of the Raven

Song of the Raven, by Amanda Hall, now published by Wisdom Tales and with a foreword by Greenland writer, poet, interpreter and politician Kelly Berthelsen, was originally published by Frances Lincoln in 2002 under the title The Stolen Sun. It is a story about the need to show respect for the Earth and is intricately woven from themes that are part of ancient Inuit mythology, belief, and culture. Raven, at first joyously, fills the world with creatures and lives in his own sky-world above our own.

In this magnificent children’s picture book, Raven is made angry by mankind, because humans are not treating the earth or its inhabitants as they should. He steals and hides the sun from the people, causing the earth to freeze in endless night. But in his flight from mankind Raven sheds a single feather, and that is where this story of fear, then hope, for the survival of the earth begins. At the story’s heart is a young, mysterious boy named Little Darkness. He knows he is different from other children and that there is a special challenge to be faced in his life, but not what it will be or whether he will succeed. The themes are ancient, but the sentiments are eternal.

Amanda based some of her research for this children’s story on the Smithsonian Institute book The Eskimo About Bering Strait by the American naturalist and ethnologist Edward William Nelson.

The dramatic illustrations in Amanda’s picture book – created using pencil crayon and watercolor inks – fill the whole of each spread, with the text flowing across the images.

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Song of the Raven

Written by Amanda Hall

“This picture book “with stylised illustrations that beautifully convey the colors and textures of the frozen North.”
—Washington Parent

“Hall’s vivid illustrations are gorgeous, bold and evocative, rich with details that will keep young readers searching the pictures over and over for new discoveries.”
—NAPRA Review

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Publisher: Wisdom Tales, 2024

Type and extent of book: 36-page picture book

In-print: Yes

Rights Available: Audio, performance & merchandising

Hardcover ISBN:

  • 9781957670041


Previously called The Stolen Sun:

Hardcover ISBN:

  • 9780711218080

Paperback ISBN: 

  • 9780711218447

Foreign Co-editions: 

  • Eerdmans Books (US)
  • Forlaget Sesam (Denmark)
  • Korea Dewey (Korea)
  • Korea Dewey (Korea)
  • Weldon Owen Education Ltd (New Zealand)

Reviews: Read Reviews Online