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When the World Was Young: Creation and Pourquoi Tales Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
A wealth of traditional stories-fairy tales, creation stories, folktales-have circumnavigated the globe to appear in collections this season. Margaret Mayo engagingly retells 10 creation stories from Ghana, Iceland, Guatemala and around the world in When the World Was Young: Creation and Pourquoi Tales. Her lively, suspenseful renditions bring masterful storytelling skill to the ancient stories, with titles like "The Girl Who Did Some Baking" and "Tortoise's Big Idea." Louise Brierley's watercolors in deep, subtle colors are a stand-out: the odd, inventive animals and people with archetypal faces who populate her work make it somehow both fantastic and plain, whimsical and mythic.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4^-7, younger for reading aloud. With points of origin stretching around the globe, the stories in this exceptional picture-book collection present folkloric explanations for age-old questions, such as Why do people die? Why does the moon come out at night? Why are people different colors? The illustrations depict solid, sympathetic characters, and Brierley's effective use of light and dark lends a feeling of movement to the artwork: in a Polynesian pourquoi tale, Maui's sister's long, dark hair seems ready to fall into her brother's hands as she cuts it off in order catch the sun; in the Native American story about how fire came to be hidden in every tree, Bear appears to be searing the night sky with his torch. A strong pairing of richly drawn images and a distinct storytelling voice makes this a valuable multicultural title, and Mayo includes excellent source notes as well as some additional information on the people who originally told the stories. Karen Morgan