Where Did the Sun Go? Myths and Legends of Solar Eclipses Around the World Told with Poetry and Puppetry

Where Did the Sun Go? Myths and Legends of Solar Eclipses Around the World Told with Poetry and Puppetry

by Janet Cameron Hoult

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Where Did the Sun Go? Myths and Legends of Solar Eclipses Around the World Told with Poetry and Puppetry by Janet Cameron Hoult

WHY IS THERE NIGHT DURING THE DAY? For thousands of years, our ancestors created myths and legends to explain the puzzle of solar eclipses. The poems in this book bring the ancient beliefs of many different cultures to life. Designed for children, parents, and educators, this delightful book includes a puppet show script, with instructions for easy to create puppets, stage directions and other helpful hints for creating a fabulously fun show, while answering the question, "Where Did the Sun Go?"

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ISBN-13: 9781432770808
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Professor Emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, Janet has lived and traveled all over the world - high school in Iran, universities in Lebanon, France and the United States, teaching assignments in Germany, Korea, Japan, Thailand and China. Now in her 70's, Dr. Hoult and her husband, Charley, a retired rocket scientist, live in Southern California and continue their adventures chasing solar eclipses, mentoring student rocketeers and visiting their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Janet's poetry book, BODY PARTS A Collection of Poems about Aging, also published by Outskirts Press, won a Reader's Favorite Award. Author's proceeds will go to the Friends of the Observatory (FOTO) educational programs.

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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite "Where Did the Sun Go?" by Janet Cameron Hoult is a marvelous and unique introduction for children and adults of all ages to world-wide beliefs about solar eclipses. The colorful, full-page illustrations by Julia Andrzejewska are a perfect accompaniment to the author's explanation of cultural beliefs. Janet Hoult writes of each belief in twelve lines with rhymes that work perfectly and aren't a stretch. At the beginning of this charming book, the author defines what really happens when there is a solar eclipse and then goes on to tell of how, for instance, in ancient Mesopotamia, a solar eclipse had few descriptions as the Sun had been bad and was covering his face in shame. She tells that in Japan it was thought that a dragon eats the Sun. The puppet show near the book's end where the author shows children how to perform with puppets based upon this book, is easy to assemble and produce. "Where Did the Sun Go?" is a truly great addition to children's non-fiction collections. It is beautiful to look at, well-organized, and even includes a number of good references. The print is large enough for readers of all ages to enjoy and each country's conception of a solar eclipse is well-presented. The full page illustrations that accompany each belief are simple, colorful and easily interpreted by even the youngest reader. This book was originally a traveling educational program for children world-wide. The author also developed a series of workshops for children where they could learn about eclipses through poetry and puppetry. That she has explored this subject in "Where Did the Sun Go" is to her everlasting credit. It is a "must" book for children's book collections worldwide.