Drawing from traditional tales and sacred texts worldwide, Burleigh Muten presents eight goddesses who each face their own set of unique challenges. Whether it be the mighty Isis, who struggles to save her beloved brother amidst the power politics of ancient Egypt, or White Buffalo Woman, who instructs the Sioux tribe how to worship Mother Earth, all of the women brim with determination as they strive to assert their own independence and authority.
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Burleigh Muten started to share her exploration of the divine role of women through the ages when she founded Hands of the Goddess Press, compiling and publishing her own calendars. This is her second title for Barefoot Books, joining the well-received Grandmothers' Stories (1999). Burleigh makes her home in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Helen Cann is a graduate from the School of Art, Wales. She is a full-time illustrator and her rich artwork has been exhibited in several European counties and the United States. Her watercolour, collage and graphite images adorn many Barefoot Books, among them: The Barefoot Book of Mother and Daughter Tales (1996), The Barefoot Book of Father and Daughter Tales (1997), The Barefoot Book of Mother and Son Tales (1998) and The Barefoot Book of Father and Son Tales (1998).From School Library Journal:
Gr 4-7-Eight myths present the common theme of the powerful goddess while highlighting differences in the folklore of various cultures. Kuan Yin (Chinese), White Buffalo Woman (Lakota), Oshun (Yoruba), and Cerridwen (Welsh) are among the figures whose stories are retold here. The retellings read well and retain details that make them appear to be accurate, although in the retelling of Persephone, Hades does not trick her with the pomegranate seeds-she makes the conscious decision to eat them, having considered the consequence. Though there are no notes specific to each story, a single list at the end implies that Mut‚n consulted several sources regarding each goddess. Cann's colorful and romantic spot and full-page watercolor, graphite, and collage illustrations will appeal to readers. The artist uses cultural symbols and patterns in these paintings and borders, though the people all have similar features, and the human postures are occasionally awkward. Readers will appreciate this complementary selection of stories.
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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Book Description Barefoot Books Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1841480479