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Long ago, before the lights of cities dimmed our view of the heavens, anyone who looked up on a clear night could see the Milky Way. The glowing ribbon of light seemed almost close enough to touch. It reminded ancient peoples of common things around them: a river, a road, milk, or strewn wheat. They gave the luminous stream vivid names, such as Celestial River, Star-Filled Basket, and Path to the Place of Abundance. With these names came remarkable stories of how the Milky Way was formed stories ....
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Stryer has worked in both public and private school libraries, as well as holding various teaching positions.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8?A lackluster collection of well-documented tales about how the Milky Way was formed. The stories come from Japan, Greek mythology, the Navajo, the Australian Aborigines, the Maori, the Kalahari San, and the Toba Indians of Argentina. The selections tell of a tribal leader who makes the stars dance, a fire god who throws a path of stars, bridges that allow gods and mortals to pass, and a lonely girl in a menstrual hut who creates more light for the sky. Each tale is preceded by helpful background information that sets the mood and place. Though the lore is presented clearly, the writing style is dry, with choppy sentences that do not flow. More like factual recountings of folklore, these tales will not work as read-alouds. Though not a browsing collection, this book might be useful for comparison studies of pourquoi tales. Amateurish black-and-white pencil sketches appear throughout.?Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR
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