IN THE BEGINNING by Virginia Hamilton
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IN THE BEGINNING

Creation Stories From Around The World
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A leading author and illustrator collaborate in a fine compilation of creation myths--a basic component of any folklore collection. Each of the 25 stories is told in spare, dignified language appropriate to its source and is followed by a brief discussion of its origin and type. While many cultures are included, there is more emphasis on presenting a variety of mythological figures and interpretations than on equal representation. Five stories come from the Americas, from Eskimo to Mayan; four from the Pacific, including Australia; five from Africa. There are a few stories from Europe and Asia, five from the ancient Mediterranean world (including three of the Greek myths), and the concluding piece is from Genesis, shining as the brightest in this bright firmament. Moser's dark, powerful portraits of the Creators are dramatically framed in stark white. A rich mix of fascinating stories, making an excellent introduction to myths and their cross-cultural connections. Memorable bookmaking. List of sources.
Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1988
ISBN: 0152387420
Page count: 180pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1988




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