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BATWINGS AND THE CURTAIN OF NIGHT by Marguerite W. Davol

BATWINGS AND THE CURTAIN OF NIGHT

By Marguerite W. Davol (Author) , Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-30005-6
Publisher: Orchard

 A beguiling, original creation myth that explains why bats hang upside down in large groups. The Mother of All Things finds the world dull and gray, so she molds a perfect ball from clay and tosses it into the sky to become the sun. Her pockets and skirts and sleeves are full of seeds and creatures, and she populates the wide world with them. Seeing that the animals and plants needed to rest from the bright sun, she weaves a curtain of ferns and branches to draw across the sky, ``and night was born.'' The night creatures--owl, panther, coyote, sloth, and bats--find the night too dark, but the Mother of All Things charges them to solve the problem themselves. With gumption, cooperation, and courage, they do so, creating a sky full of stars and bringing the story to a heartening close. The rich, deep pastel illustrations use the figures of plants and animals in ways that stretch and bend the picture space. The Mother of All Things is a wondrous figure herself, with a ripe body, earth-colored robe, and abundant, plaited hair. The text is on the long side, but children's fascination with animals in general and mysterious bats in particular will keep them enthralled. (Picture book. 5-8)