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The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt

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A five-thousand-year-old story.

When the godchild Atum emerges from inky silence to begin his work of creation, he first conjures up the passionate gods of air and rain, followed by Geb, god of the earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. But earth and sky cling to each other, sharing whispered secrets and laughter, leaving Atum no room to complete his creation. So Atum has no choice but to force them apart, infuriating Geb and leaving Nut sad and lonely . . . until Thoth, the god of wisdom, takes pity on her.

From an age-old explanation of how our starry universe came to be, Dianne Hofmeyr and Jude Daly have fashioned a dazzling and accessible picture-book introduction to Egyptian mythology.

Synopsis:

In the beginning, nothing moves in the inky silence . . . until the golden godchild Atum gradually unfolds from a lotus bud. From him come the gods of the air and rain and their children — Geb, god of Earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. Geb and Nut are inseparable. They clasp one another and share whispered secrets, leaving no space between the sky and the earth for Atum to continue creating. So Atum has no choice but to have them forcibly separated, leaving Geb enraged and Nut sad and lonely . . . The beautiful story that follows explains, according to Ancient Egyptian beliefs, how day, night and the starry universe were first created.

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. She graduated as an art teacher in Cape Town and has written several teenage novels and picture books. she has won the M-Net Award for fiction and has two IBBY Honour Books. Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781845078386
Author:
Hofmeyr, Dianne
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Ltd
Author:
Daly, Jude
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.38 x 10.63 in
Age Level:
from 4 up to 7

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Children's » Fables
Children's » Folk Tales » African
Children's » Picture Books » Mythology
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In the beginning, nothing moves in the inky silence . . . until the golden godchild Atum gradually unfolds from a lotus bud. From him come the gods of the air and rain and their children — Geb, god of Earth, and Nut, goddess of the sky. Geb and Nut are inseparable. They clasp one another and share whispered secrets, leaving no space between the sky and the earth for Atum to continue creating. So Atum has no choice but to have them forcibly separated, leaving Geb enraged and Nut sad and lonely . . . The beautiful story that follows explains, according to Ancient Egyptian beliefs, how day, night and the starry universe were first created.
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