WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Margaret Mayo

WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG

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Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In a short foreword to this volume, subtitled ``Creation and Pourquoi Tales,'' Mayo (Magical Tales from Many Lands, 1993, etc.) offers readers a clear, simple explanation of the importance of such stories in every culture. Her beautiful book, illustrated with Brierley's glowing earth-toned watercolors, puts forth ten tales from cultures as diverse as the Akan-Ashanti of Ghana and the Unalit of Alaska. In ``Tortoise's Big Idea,'' from the Nupe people of Nigeria, the tortoises and a man and a woman give up immortality for the joy of having children (the stones, who have no children, never die). In a Polynesian story, a maiden sacrifices her long hair to harness the sun. Mayo's enthusiasm for her material is clear; the language has the lyrical quality of poetry, reflecting distinct rhythms and speech patterns of the cultures she's depicting. An afterword identifies the sources of these treasures. (Folklore. 5-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80867-4
Page count: 75pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1996




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