HOW THE SEA BEGAN by George Crespo


A Taino Myth
Age Range: 5 - 10
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 Crespo, ``who bases his paintings...on elements of mythology from African, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures,'' debuts with a creation myth recorded, at Columbus's request, in what is now the Dominican Republic. The simply retold text recounts the loss of a great hunter, on whom his village depends, during a hurricane; his hungry survivors discover that his weapons, kept reverently in a hanging, saucer-like gourd, are a source of fish. When four boys accidentally knock down the gourd, the waters of the sea--tasting like tears--are released, surrounding the high mountains to form the Caribbean islands and ensuring a perpetual supply of fish. Crespo's stylized figures have a primitive simplicity that accords well with the story, as do his glowing, richly saturated colors--though the vibrant setting occasionally upstages the action. Useful addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5- 10)

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-63033-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993