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In dazzling watercolors, KrisWaldherr re-creates 26 goddesses from a wide var iety of cultures and traditions. Each illustration shows the respective goddess in clothing and a setting true to her culture and time period. Waldherr accompanies each portrait with a poetic retelling of the goddess's history and significance.
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Overview

In dazzling watercolors, KrisWaldherr re-creates 26 goddesses from a wide var iety of cultures and traditions. Each illustration shows the respective goddess in clothing and a setting true to her culture and time period. Waldherr accompanies each portrait with a poetic retelling of the goddess's history and significance.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Waldherr Persephone and the Pomegranate ambitiously tackles no less than 26 goddesses in this comprehensive guide, which spans the globe from Navajo to Celtic to Japanese culture. Its ambitiousness, however, may be its Achilles' heel. Relegating each subject to one page of text with a facing page of illustration, Waldherr does not have the luxury of creating tension, crafting dialogue or establishing settings. The result feels uncomfortably like a series of highly compressed encyclopedia entries. Outside the context of a myth or story, these summaries may not hold the reader's attention, unless, perhaps, as research for school. In that scenario, the book is a useful resource, supplemented by an extensive bibliography and lush watercolors of each goddess in a setting reflective of her culture. All ages. Mar.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-This collection offers unique information to students of women's history and lovers of mythology. Waldherr has researched her topic extensively. Her cohesive, succinct summaries of each goddess-one for each letter of the alphabet-read like stories as well as convey the subjects' significance. Familiar deities of Greece and Rome share equal space with the less familiar Kuan Yin of China, Yemana of Cuba, and Oya of Nigeria. The author also includes the engrossing stories of goddesses of Java, Sumeria, Mexico, Norway, and 10 other locations. Most of them represent virtues and values such as mercy, love, comfort, and fertility, though some are associated with wrath and revenge. One page of text, framed by a decorative border and background illustration, and a full-page portrait are devoted to each woman. Waldherr's watercolors depict the goddesses in their traditional garments surrounded by the most important motifs of their myths. The artist pays particular attention to ethnic details. The volume includes a pronunciation guide and an extensive source list, which contributes to its research value. Aliki's Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (HarperCollins, 1994) is for a younger audience and is of limited scope. Patricia Monaghan's The Book of Goddesses and Heroines (Llewellyn, 1990) contains many more entries, but has no illustrations and is not written specifically for children. Waldherr's book can be used to supplement read-alouds, and older children will enjoy it on their own.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
Ilene Cooper
Goddesses appear throughout history. This attractive oversize volume devotes a spread to each of 26 goddesses, arranged alphabetically, and the range of deities is fascinating. Included are familiar names such as Athena, Diana, Isis, Venus, and Pele. But there are also Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of prosperity; Oya, the African goddess of the Niger River; and the Zorya, Slavic guardian goddesses. Each spread features a lovely bordered painting of the goddess surrounded by the animals or symbols with which she is associated. The facing page introduces the goddess, describes her deeds, and shows how she may still be remembered in and out of her culture. Attractive, informative, and very unusual.
Kirkus Reviews
An abecedary of 26 goddesses from cultures around the world. A bordered page of text faces a full-page watercolor illustration for each of the goddesses, from Athena to the Zorya (triple Russian goddesses like the Greek Fates). Waldherr includes Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess; the Wawalak, aboriginal sister goddesses; and Yemana from the Cuban SanterĂ­a; as well as more familiar goddesses like Diana, Freyja, and Kuan Yin. In attempting to cover so broad a field, however, the text is superficial and in some cases, misleading: the city of Venice was not named for Venus; the ancient Ascension Day ceremony that marries Venice to the sea has nothing to do with that goddess. The Navajo Changing Woman is Mother Earth, not "a kind-hearted earth goddess," and is usually represented (unlike her image here) with the corn plant. The illustrations are picture-postcard pretty but evoke no sense of power or divinity. Further, in a book that seeks to be inclusive, many races and cultures are portrayed, but more than a third of the paintings depict blond goddesses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885223302
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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