Story of Light

Story of Light

by Susan L. Roth
     
 

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A delightful childrens book boldly illustrated in black & in bright yellow. It was dark. The animals couldnt see. So they sent three emissaries, one by one, to snatch a bit of the sun & bring it back. In softly cadence language & bold, dramatic collage, Susan L. Roth draws on Cherokee myth to tell The Story of Light.

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A delightful childrens book boldly illustrated in black & in bright yellow. It was dark. The animals couldnt see. So they sent three emissaries, one by one, to snatch a bit of the sun & bring it back. In softly cadence language & bold, dramatic collage, Susan L. Roth draws on Cherokee myth to tell The Story of Light.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-- In this retelling of a Cherokee myth, the animal people live in darkness, longing for a bit of light from the sun on the other side of the world. First Possum, and then Buzzard go to fetch a piece of the sun, but both are burned. When Spider offers to go, the animals tell her that she is too small, too old, and besides, ``You're a woman.'' But clever Spider fashions a pot of clay, and then succeeds in bringing back light in it. Roth's illustrations are bold black and yellow woodcuts dominated by geometric shapes and crude, almost harried, lines. The book's design is equally bold. After Possum sees the sun for the first time, the next double spread is a solid block of blinding yellow. Harsh angles and the absence of perspective grab at the reader's eye. Yet neither the pictures nor the text succeed in creating an emotional focus to the story. In the end, despite the graphic inventiveness and Spider's triumph, readers will be left asking, ``so what?'' --Carolyn Polese, Gateway Community School, Arcata, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688086763
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 Years

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