In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World

by Virginia Hamilton and Barry Moser

Hamilton's extraordinary skill in retelling each of 24 creation myths "on a level... read more

Hamilton's extraordinary skill in retelling each of 24 creation myths "on a level of understanding for many readers" while still retaining each account's cultural specificity results in an entertaining and enlightening anthology. Working with a theme which can be highly sensitive on several levels, Hamilton's succinct interpretative comments follow each account of how humans around the globe envision their world's creation. Moser's 42 paintings complement the tales' wonder and mystery and are reproduced in full color. The overall book design, typography and page layouts as well as the author's opening and closing notes and sources list contribute to the success of a stunning volume. (Age 9-adult)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1988

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