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Sun, moon, and stars

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j BL311.H57 1998
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j BL311.H57 1998
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 398.26 Hof
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 398.26 Hof
'Few books for children attempt the richness of ideas and pictures found here,? wrote Booklist about Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Now, in this stunning sequel, the lush folkloric illustration style of Jane Ray augments the fluid storytelling of Mary Hoffman to explore the eternal mysteries of the heavens'the sun, moon, and stars. This well-researched and highly readable book presents myths and legends gathered from all over, including China, Japan, Egypt, Greece, the Caribbean, and North America. Accompanying these stories are pages of fascinating folk beliefs, sayings, and rhymes of skylore.Jane Ray's sumptuous illustrations, rich with silver and gold, are more exquisite than ever. The smooth, captionlike text makes the book ideal for browsing; its wide range will coordinate with classroom units on ancient astronomy, myths, legends, and cultural history. Sure to please young and old alike.Jane Ray and Mary Hoffman both live in England.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-6, younger for reading aloud. This companion piece to the duo's Earth, Fire, Water, Air (1996) combines facts and lore and Ray's glorious pictures into a resource that can be used in many ways. "The sky is a vast storybook . . . but it doesn't tell the same stories to everyone." Following an introduction that explains how the ancients looked at the sky, the book is divided by each element in the title. Stories from various cultures, including the Egyptian, Korean, Chinese, Aztec, and Navajo, are augmented by bits of information and lore that enrich the book. Hoffman's story selection is excellent and carefully sourced; most of the retellings will hold readers' attention, though the prose is occasionally stiff. Ray's pictures, on the other hand, soar. Spreads, sidebars, and full-page pictures are intricately designed and executed, touched as usual with bits of silver and gold. A particularly handsome piece of bookmaking that will spark imaginations. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hoffman and Ray look to the heavens in this sparkling collection of myths and legends from around the world, a follow-up to their companion book Earth, Fire, Water, Air. Hoffman's colloquial tone whisks readers through a volume chockablock with captivating tales inspired by the wonders of science and the natural world. With examples from ancient Egypt and Julius Caesar's Rome, the beginning segment establishes the sky as storybook, map and calendar. Subsequent sections on sun, moon and stars combine lesser-known tales with those of Phaeton, who meets his death trying to drive his father's chariot of the sun across the sky; Caribbean trickster/spider man Anancy, who gives the moon to his children; and the "Circle of Beasts," a description of all 12 signs of the zodiac. Hoffman also provides brief, captionlike superstitions, sayings and traditions in spreads entitled "Sunlore," "Moonlore" and "Starlore." As accompaniment to a text spanning cultures, lands and histories, Ray offers a varied tapestry of dreamlike images that combine elements of fantasy with intricate folk art borders and motifs. For each passage, she sets a dramatically different stage, incorporating dazzling costumes and designs from Native American, Aztec and Japanese traditions, among others. Many of the paintings also glitter with flashes of gold or silver, befitting a book about the brightest lights of the sky. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Mythology -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Dutton Children's Books,1998
Edition 1st American ed.
Contributors Ray, Jane, 1960-
Language English
Description 74 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0525460047
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