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The Book of Goddesses: Expanded Anniversary Edition by [Waldherr, Kris]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18916 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Art and Words Editions (June 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WTRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Hardcover
This book contains stunning watercolor pictures of goddesses derived from different cultures and eras...an absolute must-read. After taking a Greek Goddesses religion class in college, I decided to buy this book out of curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this book encompasses Goddess mythology from all over the world...as opposed to a sole "Greek" focus, Japanese, Chinese, Roman, Norse, Welsh, Egyptian, Indian, African, Hawaiian, Mexican, Slavic, Cuban, and Celtic goddesses are all contained in this book. Kris Waldherr displays immense talent through her detailed and well-researched stories and imaginative portrayals of each Goddess. This book is very inspiring...a great read for any child's collection, and a definite 'keeper' in my own collection.
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A Kid's Review on February 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've never been much of a mythology fan, but after bringing this book home from the library to do research on Aphrodite/Venus for a school project, I found myself reading every godess's story over and over again. The paintings are gorgeous and the written part is actually interesting. I never thought Diana, Athena, and Chang O could actually capture my imagination, but they did. Each godess is beautiful and unique in her own way. Kris Waldherr makes them each become the perfect role model for every type of girl. :-) -Willow
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a lovely work of art! A perfect "coffee table" book or as an introduction for young people to different cultures and ways of seeing the world, The Book of Goddesses will open your mind and expand your consciousness. "My house is full of many mansions," and "many roads, one journey," come to mind as a way to describe the concepts that unfold as the beautiful artwork and simple text in two pages describes each goddess, where she is from, and what she represents. We cannot understand the world we live in if we continue to dismiss or minimize the cultures in which it is rooted. This may be a "radical" concept, but it is an important concept to understand.
This book would make a great gift.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are two versions of this book by Kris Waldherr, with very similar names:

(1) "The Book of Goddesses," published by Beyond Words Pub Co (March 1996), contains information on 26 Goddesses, with a beautiful full-page illustration of each one and, on the facing page, a long description of her attributes..

(2) "The Book of Goddesses: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine," published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., (October 1, 2006), is the revised 10th Anniversary Edition and contains information on 100 Goddesses. The illustrations are smaller and the descriptions are shorter.

I initially purchased the wrong edition because I didn't read the book information carefully. Both versions are good--it's just a matter of making sure you get the one you want.

Also, I've noticed that some booksellers don't notice the difference either so, if buying used, it may be worth checking with the seller before purchasing, to verify which version they're listing here.
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By A Customer on August 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful book is a joy. It reminds us of the beauty and power of being a woman. This is the first children's book to join my permanent library. I love it!
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Format: Hardcover
Prepare to be beguiled. This is not an ordinary book.

Finding it was a happy accident while I was researching artistic responses to the myth of Persephone and Demeter. I knew Kris Waldherr had written a children's book about Persephone ('Persephone and the Pomegranate'), but it was out of print and had become a hard-to-find collector's item. So I turned to this more recent book of hers instead, and was captivated by it.

The book is designed as a complete whole, from its richly coloured endpapers with their jewel-like illustrations through to the lovely organic patterns of flowers, leaves, shells, rocks, birds and trees that run along the outer border of every page. Open it anywhere, and you'll see straight away that each double-page spread has been arranged with great care and sensitivity. Pictures are creatively balanced with text in a deeply satisfying way, from the evocative little vignettes inserted among the letterpress that give the words space to breathe, to the large richly coloured full-page illustrations. It doesn't matter if you think you're not interested in goddesses, and you don't have to be a woman to enjoy it; the book is so lovely that it will entice you in. Before you know where you are, you'll be immersed in the world of divine feminine archetypes that Kris Waldherr has laid before you.

This book is a wonderful demonstration of what can be achieved when an author/artist/designer has the inspiration, talent and vision to understand the potential of modern book production techniques, and take full advantage of them. 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful', advised William Morris. The Book of Goddesses fits both criteria, and here's the wonder: anyone can afford to buy one.
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Format: Hardcover
If you haven't seen the revised and expanded anniversary edition of Waldherr's renowned Book of Goddesses, this is a book you do not want to miss! The new version is packed with gorgeous artwork and informative, empowering text. Waldherr includes both familiar and unusual goddesses within a beautiful framework of multicultural mythos. The book includes both full color portraits as well as halftone illustrations--with additional border illustrations lending to the narratives.

It is well researched and put together. Another particular strong point is the fact that Waldherr includes "related goddesses" at the end of each section. The addition of comparative mythology helps to exemplify the universal nature of the feminine divine and makes this book seem unique in its presentation. The pricepoint almost seems low for this visual masterpiece--as it is a timeless creation that is sure to please generations to come!
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