The Way of the Forest
– Story of the First Flute
Background Music
‘Cenote’; Mystic Serenade CD, Hawk Hurst.

The Story of the First Flute

The Story of the First Flute

“The Story of the First Flute”

Written by Hawk Hurst / Illustrated by Lindley Sharp
Frontline Press, Charleston, South Carolina
ISBN: 978-0-9723829-6-0
Available in Paperback for $10
The Story of the First Flute, a wonderful and creative book for children of all ages. Expressively and vividly written by Hawk Hurst and creatively illustrated by Lindley Sharp, this is a delightful and endearing story which is sure to uplift the spirit and warm the heart.

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.

Robert Johnson, a Jungian analyst and the renowned author of He, She, and The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden says,
“Hawk Hurst’s well-written, delightful, and gentle epic tale reaches into the hearts of all, reminding us that the hero’s journey is one well worth taking.”

About the Author

Hawk Hurst - Storyteller - Folk Musician - Performing Artist
Hawk Hurst was born and raised on a family farm and ranch in rural Kansas, where he first developed his deep love and abiding respect for the natural world. He holds an MS degree in Environmental Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute and Lesley College, as well as, undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

Hawk has served as a performing and teaching artist for nearly two decades, offering his programs across the US, as well as overseas. An accomplished naturalist and master craftsman, Hawk teaches ancient living skills and offers unique workshops and residencies in the making of river cane flutes and gourd instruments. He has served as the president of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and shares his love of this art form, not only as a renowned teller of tales but also through teaching others the art of storytelling. An eight-time recording artist, and author of two children’s books, he personally creates many of the Native American-style flutes and drums used during his performances.

For fifteen years he and his wife, Ayal, directed a non-profit summer camp and outdoor learning center (EARTH Camp at Silver Water Retreat) they founded in the North Carolina mountains. They currently live in Charleston, South Carolina, where they operate Merhaven Bed no Breakfast. They share an art studio at their home where they continue to explore new forms of creative expression. You may Contact Hawk through thie website.

About the Illustrator

Lindley Sharp - Illustrator
The Story of the First Flute is stunningly illustrated by Lindley Sharp’s beautiful block prints. Lindley was born in Mississippi and moved to Boone, NC, with her family when she was five years old. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, she and her husband currently make their home in Atlanta, Georgia. Lindley’s artwork has appeared in other children’s books, including MeeMa’s Memory Quilt (Parkway Publishers, 1999). After meeting Hawk, who was a visiting artist at Watauga High School, Lindley designed a mandala for his summer camp t-shirt, before collaborating on this project.
The Story of the First Flute

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