Sun, Moon, and Stars

Overview

Few books for children attempt the richness of ideas and pictures found here, wrote Booklist about Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Now, in this stunning sequel, the lush folkloric illustration style of Jane Ray augments the fluid storytelling of Mary Hoffman to explore the eternal mysteries of the heavensùthe sun, moon, and stars. This well-researched and highly readable book presents myths and legends gathered from all over, including China, Japan, Egypt, Greece, the Caribbean, and North America. Accompanying these ...
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Overview

Few books for children attempt the richness of ideas and pictures found here, wrote Booklist about Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Now, in this stunning sequel, the lush folkloric illustration style of Jane Ray augments the fluid storytelling of Mary Hoffman to explore the eternal mysteries of the heavensùthe sun, moon, and stars. This well-researched and highly readable book presents myths and legends gathered from all over, including China, Japan, Egypt, Greece, the Caribbean, and North America. Accompanying these stories are pages of fascinating folk beliefs, sayings, and rhymes of skylore. Jane RayÆs sumptuous illustrations, rich with silver and gold, are more exquisite than ever. The smooth, captionlike text makes the book ideal for browsing; its wide range will coordinate with classroom units on ancient astronomy, myths, legends, and cultural history. Sure to please young and old alike. Jane Ray and Mary Hoffman both live in England.

Discusses the stories which people from the ancient world told to explain their understanding of what they could see in the sky.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The sky and the heavenly bodies that we see from earth are the focus of this collection. Hoffman retells myths and legends from all around the world and provides pages of source notes. Most of these stories were the product of people's need to explain what they saw in the natural world. The range of stories is impressive-Norse, Korean, Mayan, Navajo, Hindu, and Australian tales of the sky, sun, moon and stars are among the many diverse tales that fill the gorgeous pages. They are all lavishly illustrated with silvery moonbeams, golden sunbeams and shimmery starlight.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In this splendid collaboration following Earth, Fire, Water, Air (Dutton, 1995), the author's lean style again complements the artist's lush one. More than 20 legends and myths from around the world surrounding the "appearance and movement of the sun, moon, and stars" are interspersed with bits of factual information and lore. Succinctly but resonantly retold, the stories show the sky as a blank screen on which every culture projects its imagination. There are Latvian, Aztec-Mayan, Korean, Hindu, and Australian-Aboriginal examples, as well as better-known Greek (Phaeton, Cassiopeia), Norse, English, and Japanese tales. A brief section "About the Stories" cites some very eclectic sources. The brilliant pictures, spattered with silver and gold, exactly suit the heavenly subjects. Ray adapts her signature style to suggest the artistic traditions of each story's cultural origin. Folklike frames, intricately patterned textiles, and naive compositions are both dense and accessible, and the depth and variety of hues are a delight. A more romantic or engaging introduction to myths of the cosmos could hardly be imagined.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577171768
  • Publisher: New Line Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.58 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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