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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth Paperback – March, 1996

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Grade 2-6-- This Yeruba creation myth begins in the heavenly court of the all-powerful and his agents, male and female orishas. All the orishas are content, save one named Obtala, whose wondering impels him to employ his power in some meaningful way. He prepares thoughtfully for this work, aided by his fellow orishas, and descends from heaven on a golden chain. He takes soil that has been sown with the personality of the orishas and forms humans in his own image,``carefully and lovingly,'' so that the resulting creatures (even the imperfect ones) are ``beautiful to behold.'' The all-powerful then brings them to life and sets the earth spinning, completing this noble, reverent, and positive tale. In the colorful illustrations, glowing with hot yellow and sapphire, ebony silhouettes are effectively set off by elegant, vibrantly patterned clothing and gold ornaments. The bright backgrounds recall batiked African textiles. This story's themes of determination, effort, generosity, and the sacredness of life, as well as the attractive art, extend its appeal beyond myth, religion, or ethic collections. --Patricia Dooley, Univ . of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1993 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration 1992 African Studies Association Award for Outstanding Children1s Book about African Culture 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist 1993 Multicultural Publishers Exchange winner Selected in 1996 by the Elementary School Lthis story ibrary Collection

this story's themes of deterrmination, effort, generosity, and the sacredness of life, as well as the attractive art, extend its Appeal beyond myth, religion, or ethnic collections2-School library Journal -- school libary journal

The Yoruba tell,m the spark of life snatched from the heavens mights have dried the new clay people into brick had not Olorum's sweet breathsoftened the air---Los Angeles Times BOOK Review -- Los Angeles Times BOOK Review

This book is an orginal, and worth reading and considering...a challenging lovely myth-Vinian Pierson Ramsey -- -- Vinian Pierson Ramsey

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sights Production (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886366098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886366091
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 12 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great and the art is even better. I've read this to my son several times and he seems to enjoy it as well
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When I opened my package of hundreds of dollars of book I bought from Amazon the other day, I noticed that this book looked liked a children's book. I was a little disapointed because I wanted it to be a book for ME!
I got over it.
The story and the art were beautiful. I will save it for my little kids and give it to them when they are older so they can appreciate an African creation myth when they can understand it.
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Great book! Timely service!
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