Kris Waldherr Sacred Animals

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Sacred Animals

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Lavish illustrations and mythological lore are combined in this intriguing picture book that examines sixteen magical animals in different cultures and religions, from the cunning fox to the raven who stole the sun.

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Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose many books include DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER'S PATH, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES. She is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print, and other card decks including the Lover's Path Tarot and the Sacred World Oracle. 

The New Yorker praised DOOMED QUEENS as "utterly satisfying" and "deliciously perverse." Her book design for DOOMED QUEENS won first place at the New York Book Show in the quality paperback category. THE BOOK OF GODDESSES was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club's Top Ten Most Popular Book. THE BOOK OF GODDESSES inspired the Goddess Tarot, as well as a Grammy-nominated chamber music suite by composer Robert Paterson. Her picture book retelling of the Persephone myth, PERSEPHONE AND THE POMEGRANATE, was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its "quality of myth and magic." She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, where she moderated a panel on the writing and marketing of literary versus commercial historical fiction.

As a visual artist, Waldherr has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Mazza Museum, and the Ruskin Library.

Kris Waldherr works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter. Visit her online at KrisWaldherr.com.

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Gr. 3-6. Using the elements of earth, air, water, and fire as organizational themes, this splendid book captures the rich diversity of animals as depicted in story, myth, and nature. Earth animals--the bear, the fox, the cat, and the snake--have long been honored in legend for their supernatural powers. In Navaho tradition, bears and humans have a special bond; in Japan the fox is associated with the god of food. Water animals include the dolphin, which is especially important in Greek myth, as well as the carp, the seal, and the frog. Fire animals--the falcon, the dragon, and the chimera--represent rebirth, with the legendary phoenix serving as a universal symbol for immortality. Air animals, such as the raven, sometimes symbolize peace and immortality, sometimes death and misfortune. Glorious, illuminated color illustrations, with exquisite decorative borders are certain to engage browsers, and a bibliography listing books of Greek and Norse myth, creation stories, European folklore, and Native American legends can spur children to investigate other stories. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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