WHY THE TIDES EBB AND FLOW by Joan Bowden

WHY THE TIDES EBB AND FLOW

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The tides ebb and flow because--""not in my time, not in your time, but in the old time, when the earth and sea were new""--a stubborn old woman who had no hut took the rock from the hole in the bottom of the sea. The old woman takes this world-shaking step because the Sky-Spirit is too busy to answer her request for a hut; and she finally agrees to a part-time return of the stone after acquiring, as a result of her action, a Little Dog for a pet, a Young Maiden for a daughter, and a Young Man (who will build her a hut) for a son-in-law. Rhythmic telling, dramatic structure, and some unobtrusive psychological ballast make this a reasonable story-hour choice. Marc Brown puts on his Serious hat for this job and plays up the elemental agitation, but too often his swirling eddies are showy rather than awesome.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin