The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way

The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way

by Andrea Stenn Stryer
     
 
Long ago, before the lights of cities dimmed our view of the heavens, anyone who looked up on a clear night could see the Milky Way. The glowing ribbon of light seemed almost close enough to touch. Tantalizing as an introduction to folktales, Andrea Stenn Stryer's collection reveals the richness of world folk literature, reaching back through the centuries to

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Long ago, before the lights of cities dimmed our view of the heavens, anyone who looked up on a clear night could see the Milky Way. The glowing ribbon of light seemed almost close enough to touch. Tantalizing as an introduction to folktales, Andrea Stenn Stryer's collection reveals the richness of world folk literature, reaching back through the centuries to pre-literate cultures.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8--A lackluster collection of well-documented tales about how the Milky Way was formed. The stories come from Japan, Greek mythology, the Navajo, the Australian Aborigines, the Maori, the Kalahari San, and the Toba Indians of Argentina. The selections tell of a tribal leader who makes the stars dance, a fire god who throws a path of stars, bridges that allow gods and mortals to pass, and a lonely girl in a menstrual hut who creates more light for the sky. Each tale is preceded by helpful background information that sets the mood and place. Though the lore is presented clearly, the writing style is dry, with choppy sentences that do not flow. More like factual recountings of folklore, these tales will not work as read-alouds. Though not a browsing collection, this book might be useful for comparison studies of pourquoi tales. Amateurish black-and-white pencil sketches appear throughout.--Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874835281
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
World Storytelling Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

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