"Big Momma, with a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, makes the world and everything in it and, at the end of the sixth day, tells the people she has made that they must take care of her creation."
"Long, long ago, when the earth was new, the great river goddess Yemoya sent her daughter Aje to marry a handsome earth chief in the Land of Shining Day. At first Aje was happy, but soon she started to pine for the cool shadows of her mother's realm."
"According to Santa Ana Pueblo legend, the animals' spirit Leader created the sun, moon, and stars by using woven yucca mats and hot coals. He selected certain animals to climb from their homes in the Third World up to the Fourth World."
"The planets give Baby Earth the gifts she needs to make her whole and healthy and to help her nurture her own children when she has grown: the creatures of the ocean, the animals, the insects, the birds, the seeds and rain, the primates and the reptiles, and, of course, the ozone layer to keep the sun's rays from harming baby's tender skin."
"In the beginning there was nothing, only darkness. Then came light, water, earth, sun, moon, and stars. Creatures swam in the sea, crawled in the grass, and moved over the land. Man and Woman were created to be the keepers of this beauty. All this was a gift to them."
"In the beginning there was emptiness, like a blank canvas. Then, in a swirl of motion, the Creator made the world. The Creator wanted to finish everything with a special kind of light—a light so powerful it had to be stored away from sight, but when he tried to open the jar of light, it shattered, and sparks of light flew everywhere."
"Why do bears have stumpy tails? Why are rabbits shy? Why do elephants live in the jungle? What part did the Kookaburra bird play in creation? This collection contains animal creation stories from Norway, Ghana and Kenya; from the Australian Aboriginals, the Inuit people and the North American Indian Hopi tribe."
"When the godchild Atum emerges from inky silence to begin his work of creation, he first conjures up the passionate gods of air and rain, followed by Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. But earth and sky cling to each other, sharing whispered secrets and laughter, leaving Atum no room to complete his creation."
"In this Algonquin creation myth, woven from the ideas of several traditional tales, the water birds and animals left behind when the old world was flooded dive for mud so that the Creator can make dry land again."
"In this delightful myth telling how the Polynesian islands were formed, little Maui Topknot outwits his big brothers, catches the biggest fish in the ocean and earns the title Maui of the Thousand Tricks."
"A collection of folk stories from around the world, each accompanied by background information, that explain the various perspectives of different peoples on how the universe and their world came to be."
"Retelling of the Achuar creation myth about how greed caused Nantu and Auju, a hunter and his gardener wife, to separate. Nantu becomes the Moon and Auju becomes the Potoo Bird, and their separation caused Heaven and Earth to separate."
"This is a story about Bhilalas, an aboriginal tribe in South Asia. In the beginning, there was only water. The frustrated and wet folks beg their lazy god to create land so that they can get dry and stay that way."