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A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. “A must for mythology shelves.”-- Booklist

From Publishers Weekly

In 25 myths, life begins after some being either directs others to get or make soil, or forms the earth from nothing, or opens a box, or separates earth, sky and waters; the methods of creation are only limited by the number of stories in the book. The tales are varied, representing many world cultures and traditions; somelike the story of Pandorawill be known to readers, although they may not have identified it previously as a creation myth. The tellings, too, are varied, sometimes somber and other times lilting. In her introduction, Hamilton calls the phrase "In the beginning . . . " a "classic opening, although not the only opening," but many of the tales begin this way, which suggests a tacit endorsement of the phrase. Additionally, she asserts that limitations of space "do not allow for all of the important world myths to be presented here. Also, not all myths are easily rendered on a level of understanding for many readers." Simply by addressing such limitations, Hamilton embraces the only problem with the workthat it does not encompass every culture or even every world region. Moser''s watercolors gleam like jewels amid the setting of the text. His people and creatures gaze out at readers, as if to challenge their imaginations to comprehend the chaos before creation. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up Twenty-five creation myths from such diverse cultures as China, Tahiti, Micronesia, and Australia. Illustrated with 42 dramatic , full-color paintings, this is a handsome representative collection. Hamilton''s introduction briefly defines creation myths and places them within the formal cultural structure that gives them authority. Her commitment to stay true to the simplicity of style of many creation myths results in some brilliant retellings, complete with the clarity of vision and fluidity of language synonymous with her work. While most of these retold myths are highly successful, others lack the precision of the ``perfect word'''' associated with Hamilton. (One example is the jarring use of the modern word ``aide,'''' as in aides to a god in a Zambian creation myth.) Although the placement of the explanatory notes at the end of each myth is less effective than if they were placed at the beginning, the book is handsomely designed. Each myth opens with a striking full-page painting, each of which is truly evocative and powerful in design and content. Text and illustrations together result in a strong, effective piece of work. Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Lib .
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Virginia Esther Hamilton was born, as she said, "on the outer edge of the Great Depression," on March 12, 1934. The youngest of five children of Kenneth James and Etta Belle Perry Hamilton, Virginia grew up amid a large extended family in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The farmlands of southwestern Ohio had been home to her mother''s family since the late 1850s, when Virginia''s grandfather, Levi Perry, was brought into the state as an infant via the Underground Railroad.

Virginia graduated at the top of her high-school class and received a full scholarship to Antioch College in Yellow Springs. In 1956, she transferred to the Ohio State University in Columbus and majored in literature and creative writing. She moved to New York City in 1958, working as a museum receptionist, cost accountant, and nightclub singer, while she pursued her dream of being a published writer. She studied fiction writing at the New School for Social Research under Hiram Haydn, one of the founders of Atheneum Press.

It was also in New York that Virginia met poet Arnold Adoff. They were married in 1960. Arnold worked as a teacher, and Virginia was able to devote her full attention to writing, at least until daughter Leigh was born in 1963 and son Jaime in 1967. In 1969, Virginia and Arnold built their "dream home" in Yellow Springs, on the last remaining acres of the old Hamilton/Perry family farm, and settled into a life of serious literary work and achievement.

In her lifetime, Virginia wrote and published 41 books in multiple genres that spanned picture books and folktales, mysteries and science fiction, realistic novels and biography. Woven into her books is a deep concern with memory, tradition, and generational legacy, especially as they helped define the lives of African Americans. Virginia described her work as "Liberation Literature." She won every major award in youth literature.



BARRY MOSER is the prize-winning illustrator of many beautiful books for children and adults, including Harcourt’s Telling Time with Big Mama Cat and Sit, Truman!, both co-illustrated by his daughter Cara Moser and written by Dan Harper. He has won the American Book Award and earned accolades from the American Library Association and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts.

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Lycaenid
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Excellent Tales, but Be Aware of the Bias
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
Let’s start with the high points. This book has wonderful illustrations and keeps the voice of the stories different. It also offers a wide selection of stories from all over the world. These are followed by short blurbs about the origin of the story. This worked... See more
Let’s start with the high points. This book has wonderful illustrations and keeps the voice of the stories different. It also offers a wide selection of stories from all over the world. These are followed by short blurbs about the origin of the story.
This worked well as a read aloud with elementary and middle school aged children.

One draw back: There is a clear Christian bias. The author has carefully selected stories from many cultures, but how they are presented or the wording occasionally demonstrates the unconscious bias of the author such as when a myth is presented with an conclusion that “It was the man and not the woman who caused people to lose eternal life.” This statement is only necessary, if you view the opposite as the default position. I don’t recall the specific examples (it has been months since I read them), but some of the early tales also seemed to be presented with emphasis or interpretation that seemed not only in contrast to other recountings, but also that pulled them in line with Christian tales or Christian worldview that would not likely have been present in the originals.

Christian bias is fairly blatant when you read the two Christian/Jewish creation tale comments. These are written referring to biblical scholars and extensively citing specific text references with attempts at author attribution. This last is absent from all other texts. The references, also do not refer to Jewish sacred texts.
The phrase “this wondrous and sacred creation text” and similar language is used when referring only to the Christian texts while others are referenced prominently as myths. The closest phrase used with another myth is the phrase “sacred history of.”
These Christian tales are not referenced as a tale type (as many others are), though the author does note that they represent monotheism.
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Leah Martin
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Just what I was looking for.
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
My kindergarten and 2nd grade daughters are enjoying these. They are starting to hear lots of stuff about how god created the earth at school, so this book is helping to temper that “knowledge”. Stories are pretty short and there is some background information for each one.
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Michael Cotignola
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Wonderful Collection
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017
This wonderful collection of creation myths is a book I''ve had my eye on for a few years now. I rapidly devoured this book, as most of the creation myths are only a page or two, and there are beautiful full-page illustrations throughout. There were a handful of myths I was... See more
This wonderful collection of creation myths is a book I''ve had my eye on for a few years now. I rapidly devoured this book, as most of the creation myths are only a page or two, and there are beautiful full-page illustrations throughout. There were a handful of myths I was familiar with, and I think there were only two myths in the entire collection I did not enjoy. Toward the end of the collection, Hamilton presents myths I found very familiar--Greek myths and Judeo-Christian myths. I feel that most readers would be familiar with these tales, so it makes sense to save them for the end of the book, but as I read them I found myself longing for more "original" tales from Africa, from North America, from Russia. Perhaps a second volume of creation myths is necessary; it''s one I''d gladly read!
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Damaris RH
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Great stories
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
It is a great book,
I wanted this book to show my son that many cultures have different beliefs and we should respect others.
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In the Beginning
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
Excellent reading material of different cultures of the our world. differing perspectives are very interesting, and one thought i found was that in the beginning was darkness, then the culture would do something and then there was light and dark. I highly recommend a very... See more
Excellent reading material of different cultures of the our world. differing perspectives are very interesting, and one thought i found was that in the beginning was darkness, then the culture would do something and then there was light and dark. I highly recommend a very good read. Haven''t quite finished reading.
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A. Bird
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Beautiful illustrations
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
These are not only great stories, but I bought them before I realized they were illustrated by the incomparable Barry Moser. His illustrations really make the book, and the little boy I bought it for loves it. Very pleased by this book.
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Beautiful Book of Creation Stories
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
Our new book of creation stories arrived in perfect condition ready to read a story a day during the summer. For each story, our little one is drawing or modeling an image. This is a wonderful focus for us during home summer camp. I''m glad there''s another book to follow... See more
Our new book of creation stories arrived in perfect condition ready to read a story a day during the summer. For each story, our little one is drawing or modeling an image. This is a wonderful focus for us during home summer camp. I''m glad there''s another book to follow this one.
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objective book for young minds
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2013
My children are 12 and 5. Both of them are enjoying learning mythology from other countries. I think it is important to let your child explore other creation stories from around the world. I really enjoyed this book. The pictures are beautiful, the book is very... See more
My children are 12 and 5. Both of them are enjoying learning mythology from other countries. I think it is important to let your child explore other creation stories from around the world.

I really enjoyed this book. The pictures are beautiful, the book is very informative and it is objective. I was very surprised to see the Christian creation myth being presented as a story like the rest.

I seen other reviews about the book not being a kid book, I disagree. If your child is used to long stories and even chapter books at 5, they will be able to sit for this book. If you have never read those types of books to your child then it will be new to them and you will lose their attention. I would say 12 is probably the perfect age but 5 was very possible. It depends on the child and what their past experiences have been.

Overall, buy this book! It''s a must have for a skeptics library or for parents who are allowing their children to pick their own path in life.
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Great Book, Fun Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2020
A lot of reviewers complained, but I''m glad I didn''t let that put me off. This is just what I wanted for my hubby, who enjoys reading up on different cultural viewpoints. I started reading it myself and I really enjoy it. The author does a good job of summarising tales...See more
A lot of reviewers complained, but I''m glad I didn''t let that put me off. This is just what I wanted for my hubby, who enjoys reading up on different cultural viewpoints. I started reading it myself and I really enjoy it. The author does a good job of summarising tales which often have many different versions to them and I appreciate the work she put into simplifying things. Each story takes a couple minutes to read-- not taxing at all. Plus she tells you which culture each story is from so you know where to look if you want more. I wanted many different cultures summarized in one book and this was the only title I found that seemed to fit the bill. Regardless of your religious beliefs, I think this would be a useful read. It''s always beneficial to be reminded that there are many ways to view the world, and how you are taught when you''re young really affects your worldview. As a counselor, I find it fascinating to see what themes different cultures emphasize.
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Goth
Reviewed in Canada on June 7, 2020
I loved Virginia Hamilton’ juvenile fiction as a kid and was excited to see this book recommended as a homeschool resource for 6-9 year olds. The book itself is fine, but has a stark, gothic quality. It would be great for high school or undergrad levels, but is beyond my...See more
I loved Virginia Hamilton’ juvenile fiction as a kid and was excited to see this book recommended as a homeschool resource for 6-9 year olds. The book itself is fine, but has a stark, gothic quality. It would be great for high school or undergrad levels, but is beyond my elementary age child.
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Very enjoyable
Reviewed in Canada on June 29, 2020
These short stories hold my kids attention and are great conversation starters.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on December 29, 2016
Great book! Love the illustrations!
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