This volume includes creation stories from all over the world. There are tales from China, the Cameroons, Sri Lanka, Norway, Ghana and Kenya; Greek and Norse Myths; stories from the Australian Aboriginals, the Inuit people and three separate North American Indian tribes.
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Defining creation liberally, Pilling (Realms of Gold, 1993, etc.) includes pourquoi tales among the 16 here, retold in a uniform, easy style that does indeed lend itself to reading aloud--especially since the typeface is large and well-leaded. Presented in three general groups--beginnings, warmth and light, and animals--the familiar stories include the opening chapter of Genesis and the myth of Persephone (``How a Girl Brought About The Seasons''), while those less familiar range from the somber Norse ``How Everything Came from Fire and Ice'' to a tale from Sri Lanka in which an irritated servant girl whacks the low clouds with a broom until they float up beyond reach. Foreman's many illustrations only occasionally evoke a particular culture; in general they are his own interpretations, featuring small, sketchy figures placed on radiant backgrounds done in what looks like watercolors applied to wet paper. Pilling does not cite specific sources for each story, and next to Virginia Hamilton's In the Beginning (1988), this collection seems limited and scattershot; still, the selections are well- chosen for sharing, and for showing how cultures may differ while the big issues remain the same. (bibliography) (Folklore. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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