In The Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byVirginia HamiltonIllustratorBarry Moser

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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

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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

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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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.98 × 8.02 × 0.49 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0152387420

ISBN - 13:9780152387426

Appropriate for ages: 12

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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

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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 .