In the Beginning Creation Stories from Around the World

ISBN-10: 0152387420

ISBN-13: 9780152387426

Edition: 1991

Authors: Virginia Hamilton, Barry Moser

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A thought-provoking collection of twenty-five stories that reflect the wonder and glory of the origins of the world and humankind. With commentary by the author. “A must for mythology shelves.”--Booklist
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/15/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Virginia Hamilton was born March 12, 1936 and raised in Yellow Springs, OH, which is said to be a station on the Underground Railroad. Her grandfather settled in the village after escaping slavery in Virginia. Hamilton received a scholarship to Antioch College, and then went on to the Ohio State University at Columbus and the New School for Social Research in New York. She published Zeely, her first book for children, in 1967. Virginia was the first African American woman to win the Newbery Award, for M.C. Higgins the Great. Since then, she has won three Newbery Honors and three Coretta Scott King Awards, as well as an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and was the first children's author to receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1995. She also received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1995. This award honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial or lasting contribution to children's literature. In 1992, Virginia was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, which is presented every two years by the International Board on Books for Young People, in recognition of her entire body of work, and is considered the most prestigious international award in children's literature. Virginia Hamilton passed away in Dayton, Ohio on February 19, 2002 at the age of 85 from breast cancer. She had written over 35 books, some of her most popular include The People Could Fly; The Planet of Junior Brown; M.C. Higgins, the Great; Bluish; Cousins; and the Dies Drear Chronicles.

BARRY MOSER is the prize-winning illustrator of many beautiful books for children and adults, including Harcourt's Telling Time with Big Mama Cat and Sit, Truman!, both co-illustrated by his daughter Cara Moser and written by Dan Harper. He has won the American Book Award and earned accolades from the American Library Association and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mr. Moser lives in western Massachusetts.

A Note from the Author
Stories and Pictures
In the Beginning
The Pea-Pod Man: Raven the Creator
Raven and Man
Finding Night: Quat the Creator
An Endless Sea of Mud: Death the Creator
Bursting from the Hen's Egg: Phan Ku the Creator
The Cosmic Egg
Phan Ku
Traveling to form the World: Old Man the Creator
Old Man
First Man Becomes the Devil: Ulgen the Creator
Erlik's Face in the Mud
Warm Dog
Turtle Dives to the Bottom of the Sea: Earth Starter the Creator
The Rope of Feathers
The First Deer
Moon and Sun: Mawu-Lisa the Creators
Nana Buluku
Thunder and Lightning
Bandicoots Come from His Body: Karora the Creator
The Great Tangle of Night
Spider Ananse Finds Something: Wulbari the Creator
His Blue Heavenly Self
The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Divine Woman the Creator
Water and the Animals That Live in It
Turtle and Earth
Man Copies God: Nyambi the Creator
The Frost Giant: Imir the Creator
Owner of the Sky: Olorun the Creator
Olorun and the Other Gods
Marduk, God of Gods: Apsu and Tiamat the Creators
Apsu the Begetter
Four Creations to Make Man: Maker and Feathered Serpent the Creators
Feathered Serpent
Animals of the First Creation
Man of the Third Creation
What is Left of the Wood Dummies
The Angry Gods: Ta-Aroa the Creator
The Egg
Sun, Life, Wind, and Death: God Lowa the Creator
Only the Ocean
The Sun-God and the Dragon: God Ra the Creator
God Ra
Separation of Earth and Sky: Sedi and Melo the Creators
Sedi and Melo
First Man, First Woman: Yahweh the Creator
First Man, First Woman
The Coming of All Things: The Greek Creators
The God Brings Fire to Man: Prometheus the Creator
Pandora: Zeus the Creator
The Gifts of Zeus
In the Beginning: Elohim the Creator
Let There be Light
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