Sun-Day, Moon-Day: How the Week Was Made

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Helen J. Pavick
This book is a treat to behold, with its rich, vivid illustrations and fascinating facts about how the days of the weeks came to be named and the legends behind them. Cherry Gilchrist explains how the weekdays were derived from both the Babylonian and Jewish cultures as well as the significance of various gods and goddesses to the people of ancient times. Children visit a place where chariots fly through the sky with magical horses, gods fight dragons and monsters, and goddesses are blessed with amazing artistic gifts! This is one special book that is destined to become a favorite.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each day of the week is represented by a tale from a different tradition, including ancient Greek, Norse, Roman, Old English, and Babylonian cultures. Each entry is preceded by a history of the day's name and snippets of facts from a variety of cultures. The stories, though interesting and readable, do not always have direct connections to the days with which they are aligned. A few fit perfectly, such as "The Chariot of the Sun" for Sunday and "The Buried Moon" for Monday. The retellings, softened for young readers, keep the basic story lines intact. Hall's lively illustrations, with their saturated colors, clever use of light, and fantastical creatures such as winged horses, imps, etc., will delight readers. Gilchrist gives good information, though she neglects to mention sources; charts and related trivia are appended. Perceptive students will draw conclusions from the diverse connections presented, but average readers may get confused having to wade through the mention of so many cultures and calendars. For more complete information on the days of the week, stick with Lila Perl's Blue Monday and Friday the 13th (Clarion, 1986; o.p.).-Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of ancient myths, one for each day of the week. Each begins with a two-page explanation of the origins of, and gods and planets associated with, that particular day's name, in both English and other languages, such as French, Italian, and German. The author concludes with other interesting facts about the calendar and name charts. As a book of stories this is quite well done; the retellings are clear and the illustrations are vibrant, with a different palette for each day. The unifying idea for the collection is an excellent one, despite some deliberate deviations from the format, e.g., a tale about Minerva for Tuesday, instead of the more likely candidates, Tiw and Mars. It hardly mars an otherwise lovely book. (Folklore. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901223637
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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