Batwings and the Curtain of Night

Marguerite W. Davol

Published by Orchard Books (NY), 1997
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Synopsis: After creating the world and its creatures and day and night, the Mother of All Things leaves it to the night animals to find a way to lessen the night's darkness.

From Publishers Weekly: In this contemporary creation story, nocturnal creatures make a few improvements upon their domain. The world is empty and drab until the Mother of All Things throws a ball of clay into the sky with such spin that it flares into light. She shakes loose a multitude of creatures from her skirts, weaves a curtain of night from fronds and branches, and pulls night-prowling creatures from her sleeve. These last soon begin to grumble about the lack of decent light: " 'It's too dark the run,' the coyote whined. 'I stub my toes on logs.' " The animals take matters into their own hands: the owl manages to tear a moon-sized hole in the curtain of night, and the bats pierce pricks of light. GrandPre's (Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat) lush, dramatic pastel drawings evoke motion so adroitly?with billowing garments, unexpected perspectives and swarms of bats?that they themselves seem to ride on gusts of wind. In her extraordinary shifts of light, the sun bathes figures in a warm glow, the nighttime mission gets a scarlet backdrop and in the end, the creatures are gently backlit against a abundantly starry sky. Yet even without such striking illustrations, Davol's (How Snake Got His Hiss) narrative images are palpable enough to conjure up a new world in readers' minds. Ages 4-8.
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Publication Date: 1997
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