In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World by Virginia HamiltonIn The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World by Virginia Hamilton

In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World

byVirginia HamiltonIllustratorBarry Moser

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. "A must for mythology shelves." - Booklist
BARRY MOSER is the prize-winning illustrator of many beautiful books for children and adults, including Harcourt's Telling Time with Big Mama Cat and Sit, Truman!, both co-illustrated by his daughter Cara Moser and written by Dan Harper. He has won the American Book Award and earned accolades from the American Library Association and t...
Title:In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.54 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152387420

ISBN - 13:9780152387426

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for introducing kids to the role of superstition and myth in modern culture What is an atheist to do in a world where their children are bombarded with ancient superstitions about the origin of the universe and the origin of humans? Provide context, of course! That is what this book does wonderfully! Almost every day my daughter is confronted by proponents of the Judeo-Christian viewpoint and has trouble reconciling the beliefs of her friends and their parents with the evidence of Science and her own senses. This book provides creation myths from all over the world. It enables kids and adults alike to place the beliefs of religious people in context with the beliefs of religious people of the past and of different traditions. What it all adds up to is a demonstration of how superstitions evolved through time and in place according to the environment and cultures that created them. This book enabled my daughter to see how creation myths and religious beliefs cannot in anyway be reconciled with the hard evidence of Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Palaeontology, Cosmology, Astronomy, and so on. It enabled her to see how pre-Science cultures attempted to deal with the big questions of Life, the Universe, and Everything. This book is beautifully written and illustrated. I wish that I could give it 10 stars!
Date published: 2010-01-08

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A thought-provoking collection of 25 stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. "A must for mythology shelves".--Booklist. Full color. (All Ages

Editorial Reviews

Grade 6 Up Twenty-five creation myths from such diverse cultures as China, Tahiti, Micronesia, and Australia. Illustrated with 42 dramatic , full-color paintings, this is a handsome representative collection. Hamilton's introduction briefly defines creation myths and places them within the formal cultural structure that gives them authority. Her commitment to stay true to the simplicity of style of many creation myths results in some brilliant retellings, complete with the clarity of vision and fluidity of language synonymous with her work. While most of these retold myths are highly successful, others lack the precision of the ``perfect word'' associated with Hamilton. (One example is the jarring use of the modern word ``aide,'' as in aides to a god in a Zambian creation myth.) Although the placement of the explanatory notes at the end of each myth is less effective than if they were placed at the beginning, the book is handsomely designed. Each myth opens with a striking full-page painting, each of which is truly evocative and powerful in design and content. Text and illustrations together result in a strong, effective piece of work. Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Lib .