MOON WAS TIRED OF WALKING ON AIR by Natalia M. Belting

MOON WAS TIRED OF WALKING ON AIR

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Age Range: 7 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``In the time before this time...'' begins one of these 14 creation myths of the South American Indians. The title story tells why Moon made the earth; others explain how rivers were led into their courses by a running fox; how people came to earth from the sky through a hole dug by a giant armadillo; how Rain and Sky gave man food; how the seasons were made from songs of a reed flute; and why Rainbow is bent (his back was hurt in wrestling). Belting's language is spare, rhythmic, and resonant, while Hillenbrand's powerful dark-toned art conveys a sense of primeval mystery. A map locates the ten tribes where the myths originated, but there are no source notes. A handsome, evocative collection, for a somewhat older audience than Joanna Troughton's retellings (How the Birds Changed Their Feathers; How Night Came; both 1986); a good supplement to Hamilton's In the Beginning (1988), which includes no South American material. (Folklore/Picture book. 7+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-395-53806-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1992




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